Celtic board would back Premiership chairman's call for fans return as Aberdeen project £5m loss

By John Reid

November 14, 2020

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have disclosed that the club are projecting a £5m loss in the club’s earnings due to the lack of fans at stadiums, the Daily Record reports.

The club’s chairman Dave Cormack has laid bare the financial difficulties the club is facing during the pandemic. The lack of matchday revenue has hit hard.

“Simply isn’t sustainable”

“It’s sobering to see our overall matchday revenue is down by 82 percent, and we are projecting a loss of £5million on matchday income over the rest of the season which simply isn’t sustainable. It is vital that fans are allowed back in sooner rather than later as clubs up and down the country will be in exactly the same position” Cormack said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Now, you may wonder what this has to do with a Celtic site? The Hoops will hopefully not be losing as much money as Aberdeen are. However, there is no doubt that the lack of fans in the stadium will be effecting the club financially.

You would imagine that Celtic would earn far more from matchdays than Aberdeen do, due to the fact that Celtic Park is a much bigger stadium than Pittodrie. Therefore, the Celtic board would likely back Cormack’s call to have fans back sooner than later.

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Hoops applied to have fans in stadium but were denied

Celtic might benefit from having lots of season ticket money in the bank compared to Aberdeen. But the fact that Celtic have wanted to hold test events at the stadium – and been denied – shows that the club are eager to get fans back.

An empty Celtic Park / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

As Cormack says, it can’t be sustainable for clubs to lose so much money this season. Even Celtic could end up feeling the pinch sooner than later.

Peter Lawwell will no doubt be in agreement with Cormack that fans need to be back. However, with Covid-19 cases not slowing down, that might not happen for a while yet.

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