Celtic, Premiership sides watch on as SPFL clubs vote to resume leagues

By Euan Davidson

January 23, 2021

Celtic and SPFL Premiership clubs will be watching with interest as League One and Two clubs have voted to carry on with the season.

According to STV reporter Raman Bhardwaj confirmed that 20 clubs in the lower reaches of the SPFL intend to increase Covid testing.

The Daily Record confirmed last night that all 20 L1 and L2 clubs had collaborated on a communiqué to SFA chief Ian Maxwell.

Leagues One and Two had been suspended from the 11th of January [Sky Sports]. This measure had come as a result of the SFA meeting with Minister for Public Health Sport and Wellbeing, Mairi Gougeon [Scot Gov].

The affected clubs had appealed to the SFA to continue training in mid-February. League One and Two members are hoping to resume competition at the start of March.

Celtic and other Premiership clubs will be wondering how it might affect the top flight.

SPFL chief Neil Doncaster had admitted that there was uncertainty across the leagues. In terms of the Premiership, a “null and void” scenario has never been fully ruled out.

SPFL chief Ian Maxwell (left) / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic and SPFL in scheduling quagmire

This season, the SPFL has been riddled with postponements and scheduling problems.

With the 19-20 season finishing early, there had been hopes that this season would run more smoothly.

However, with new strains of Covid emerging and vaccinations only available recently, football has reflected society at large.

League One and Two clubs have clearly made assurances to the SPFL. Covid testing is already widespread across Scottish football.

In the affected clubs’ proposal, set to be discussed on Monday, the league would run until the end of May. Of course, this also has implications for the Scottish Cup.

Celtic and the SPFL may have to make similar arrangements for the top flight, if Covid cases rise. Fans have been locked out of stadia for almost a year.

The financial impact has affected all clubs within Scottish Football. The Scottish Government announced an emergency stipend for clubs in late December [BBC].