The SFA have today provided a Scottish Cup update as they confirmed the Scottish Government’s latest decision on lower league football.
Scottish football’s governing body has stated that the government has refused suspended lower league clubs the opportunity to resume playing. They have also refused to provide a date in the near future as to when clubs can return.
This comes after professional football in Scotland beneath the Championship had to postpone their fixtures back in early January. As such, the Scottish Cup was also postponed as part of the shutdown due to the number of lower-league clubs involved in the competition.
However, the SFA has provided a fresh date of March 1st for clubs to cling on to. This will be the day when the situation will be re-assessed. The SFA has stressed that the date shouldn’t be seen as a proposed return date for lower-league clubs.
Celtic will be looking to secure their fifth consecutive Scottish Cup success when the competition resumes.
Scottish Cup update a disappointing one, but not surprising
This is disappointing to see. We all want the lower leagues to resume as soon as possible. It’s clear that many feel that Celtic are directly responsible for the shutdown after the outcry over their January trip to Dubai [Falkirk Herald].
However, if that was the case, there would be no reason not to allow them to resume playing. Given the fact that public uproar has died down over the Dubai nonsense, there would be no need to keep them out of action.
Unfortunately, given the fact there are still too many deaths and positive cases being identified, the government was always going to stick to its guns. The reason initially given for the suspension of lower-league football was down to the fact too many players go untested. Given the mass transportation that occurs, it was felt too dangerous to continue with.
So don’t expect the smaller part-time clubs to return to action for some time. Especially not when we’re recording over 50 deaths per day consistently either. It wouldn’t be seen as beneficial to the nation’s efforts in tackling the pandemic.
What that means for the Scottish Cup is anyone’s guess. With lockdown in Scotland confirmed until the end of February at the earliest, the prospect of a March 10th update is all we can cling onto for now.
Hopefully, we can continue to see the decline of this virus and get some normality back to Scottish football soon. Whether the Scottish Cup can be completed this season, however, is now anybody’s guess.