Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has urged the players at Hearts to accept a 50% wage cut, as requested by club owner Ann Budge, writing his Scottish Daily Mail column (30/03 print edition, page 77).
Hearts, like every other club in the country, are considering what measures to put in place to protect themselves from the financial realities of the season shutdown.
Giving her players a deadline to accept a 50% wage reduction, Budge took that drastic step quicker than most in Scottish football.
Nonetheless, it could prove to be a prudent move, even if PFA Scotland are looking to negotiate that into a wage deferral, rather than a cut (Edinburgh Evening News).
Commons thinks the players should accept, else risk things turning nasty at the Tynecastle outfit, feeling that Budge is simply working in the best interests of the club.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (30/03 print edition, page 77), he said: “If the players don’t play ball and Budge chooses to suspend their salaries or even cut them loose, then things will start to turn nasty.
“Yeah, it’s a like-it-or-lump-it approach in terms of asking the players to have their wages slashed in half.
“But if any of them feel shocked at such drastic measures, then they really haven’t been paying attention.
“These are truly unprecedented times. If they have to endure some short-term pain for the long-term gain of keeping the lights on at Tynecastle, then so be it.”
With today’s news from Celtic Park that some non-playing staff have been furloughed and Neil Lennon admitting this week that wage cuts could take place within his squad, there’s no reason to think these issues are not impacting the Scottish champions as much as Hearts.
Our stars could well be faced with the dilemma that the Tynecastle players have.
I’d like to think though that everyone at Celtic Park will be on the same page and there’ll be no public drama or an opportunity for pundits to weigh in with judgments, whatever happens.