Peterhead manager Jim McInally fears some SPFL clubs won’t make it to Christmas without financial assistance, speaking to The Scottish Sun.

The three lower leagues are set to commence in October but the Scottish League One boss is worried that won’t matter much if fans aren’t able to return to matches.

He told The Scottish Sun: “Our chairman has said to me that Christmas would be our whack in terms of having no fans at games.

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“Some other clubs won’t even get that far. There has to be concerns. There are clubs who made big investments ahead of this season at the lower levels.

“They are businesses like any other. They need money coming in. How long can some of the Premiership clubs go without fans?

“You can’t tell me that clubs like St Mirren, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock can cope for months more without a crowd.”

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Celtic Park has been a two stripe job in recent years

Celtic Park has been empty recently / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

It comes as the SPFL Chief Executive confirmed in a statement that financial assistance has been requested, with further government restrictions potentially on the horizon.


Neil Doncaster said: “We are engaging with the Scottish Government to underline the existential threat to many of our clubs, and to the huge community, economic and sporting benefits they deliver, if this grave situation continues without meaningful public financial support.

“We therefore welcome the intervention of the Scottish Government in seeking urgent discussions with the UK Government about a package of financial recovery for Scottish sport.”

The implications for Scottish football are huge and even Celtic won’t be immune to the pressures ahead.

We may have sold out our season ticket allocation but with no commercial matchday income, it’s a trying time.

Celtic Park will be empty again on Sunday

Celtic Park will be empty again on Sunday / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Realistically public financial support will be most beneficial to smaller teams but Celtic need opponents and anything that helps stretched top-flight sides will be a massive boost when it comes to the completion of the season.

As for the lower leagues, that’s an even more precarious situation and nobody really knows what’s in store for the two national cup competitions this season.

Drama and strife could be ahead.

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