Date set for Scottish Government talks with Scottish FA and SPFL about phased return

By John McGinley

April 28, 2020

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health and Sport and Wellbeing Joe Fitzpatrick will hold a virtual meeting with the Scottish FA and SPFL on May 5th to discuss a phased return to action, BBC Scotland report.

As we know, football is currently suspended in Scotland until mid-June, whether that’s matches or training in a group setting at all levels of the game.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously talked about the difficulty of games returning anytime soon, even in stadiums without supporters in attendance.

Countries like France and the Netherlands have taken action to suspend all football until at least September 1st, behind closed doors or not, perhaps setting a precedent that other European nations will follow.

Clubs up and down the SPFL’s divisions have been desperate for a bit of clarity about how the next six months will pan out and it seems this meeting could provide a bit of that.

BBC Scotland reports a ‘phased return to action’ is up for discussion, though the timetable for that is obviously unknown.

When will football return to Celtic Park? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic have made it clear that the club’s preference is the season being played to a conclusion as Neil Lennon and his squad go for nine-in-a-row glory.

However, should that not be possible, SPFL clubs have voted to ensure that prizes are dished out even if the 38 game schedule is not completed.

All eyes will now be on the reporting of outcomes from next Tuesday’s meeting.