An anonymous Scottish Premiership chief executive has warned The Daily Record that some of the biggest clubs in the country will go bust without government assistance.
Detailing a pretty wild and chilling scenario, the source said to the paper: “Six months without fans? Let’s be blunt, we don’t have six months. Clubs are going to go bust – a lot of them – and probably some of the biggest clubs we have. The next two months are going to be critical.
“First, academies will have to be stopped, player development will have to be stopped and all community coaching programmes will have to be stopped.
“Then, after all of those cuts have been made, clubs will take it in turns to go to the wall.
“That’s the scenario our game is now facing. If there are no fans then there will need to be a government subsidy of some sort to replace lost revenues. If not then Scottish football as we know it will simply not survive.”
It doesn’t get anymore serious then for clubs that make up Celtic’s pool of opponents.
I sincerely doubt that Celtic would be a financially perilous position. That’s an assessment taking into account the fact that season tickets sold out, a prudent board is in place and potential European income on the horizon.
However, when it comes to bottom-six clubs and perhaps even top six regulars, it appears all bets are off and clearly that has ramifications for the Bhoys.
The SPFL/SFA Joint Response Group confirmed tonight that a request for government assistance has been lodged with authorities at Holyrood, who in turn have passed that on to Westminster.
However, it remains to be seen whether that funding will be forthcoming.
Celtic Neil Lennon referenced the challenges ahead in his press conference earlier today, telling Sky Sports: “We have got to try to find some kind of smart solutions to this going forward.
“It can’t just be a closed door and that’s it. There has to be some kind of middle ground or compromise we can find to make things better.
“And it’s not just for football, it’s for all sports because some of these sports could collapse.”
Everyone involved in football will be hoping that the industry is given some sort of support in the event fans are not allowed through turnstiles.
Creative ideas need to emerge to fend off the bad moon rising.