A Hampden source has claimed that Nicola Sturgeon has pushed football to the back of her priority list after she left Celtic and co in the dark yesterday.
March 1st was the date set for an update on when the lower-leagues can resume operations. From League One downward, all clubs have had to stop training due to pandemic restrictions. This has led to the Scottish Cup being postponed, with the competition now two rounds behind schedule.
The Daily Record has reported that the SFA were expecting the Scottish government to allow for clubs to resume last week. They were reportedly informed by government to expect a decision on Friday. One that never came.
They were then expecting a decision before Monday before a final deadline passed yesterday. The SFA were forced to release a statement putting pressure on government to provide an update. Speaking to the Daily Record, a Hampden source said the following:
“levels of frustration are now through the roof”
“It does seem as if the FM has other things on her mind right now and while some might say that’s understandable, football is being shoved to the back of the queue once again and the levels of frustration are now through the roof.
“Not to get an answer on Friday was bad enough. Not to receive anything from government over the weekend was even more infuriating. We were advised a decision would then come on Monday – and that hasn’t happened – so to be kept in the dark once again feels a bit like a red rag to a bull.
“Given that the FM looks like having a busy day on Wednesday the national game can only live in hope that she might get around to letting us know where football stands at some point in the next 24 hours. Football has been placed on pause for almost two months now. It is absolutely crying out for clarity but it’s being continually ignored.”
Hampden source provides hope of Sturgeon decision; Celtic will be watching on intently
So it looks like we can hopefully find out a decision on this over the next 24 hours. Before the close of play today would be ideal as we look to hunt down our fifth consecutive Scottish Cup.
As things stand, Celtic have nothing to play for this season. Their campaign is fizzling out, with the only interesting narrative being on the new manager speculation. Throwing a Scottish Cup into the mix would give us a chance to bring some joy to the campaign.
But if the decisions gets delayed much further then we’ll be running out of time to complete the competition. With Hampden due to be handed over to the Euros in May, the schedule is tight enough as it is.
Yes, Sturgeon and her government will be extremely busy with the Alex Salmond inquiry. We won’t go too much into that. But the government cannot forget its other responsibilities. Especially its responsibility to a £200million economy booster [The Times].
There, of course, may not be the same rush to finish the Scottish Cup this season. Considering the competition is sponsorless this season, it could be the case that the cup gets cancelled for the season.
All we can do is speculate however ahead of the decision. Hopefully, we find out something definitive at some stage today.