With Scottish football in a bit of a quandary as to how to go about re-starting the season once football gets the go-ahead to be played again in Britain, Dumbarton boss Jim Duffy has come up with a plan.
In an interview with Not The Old Firm, Duffy wants games to be played behind closed doors, to ensure that the season gets completed as soon as possible.
“For me, if in a few weeks time they said it was okay to play closed doors games, I would do it in blocks. It’s so you’ve not got the same pressure on the emergency services. I’d have two games a night over the period of a week” Duffy said, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.
“Do it that way”
“Do it that way because that’s the only way I can see getting the season getting finished. But that would only be if the authorities thought it’d be safe to do so for players and staff” he concluded.
Duffy’s idea has some merit, in that he is hoping to get the season completed as soon as possible. However, there are a number of reasons Celtic, for example, would not go along with the idea.
For a start, the notion of playing games behind closed doors just won’t appeal to clubs, or players. They will be eager to hear the roar of the crowd once football is back in business.
Also, playing behind closed doors could be liable to lose teams money, as clubs will want fans to flock back to them in numbers, once football can once more be played.
Playing two games in one night seems a non-starter
The idea of playing two games a night seems to be a non-starter too. Celtic, and the other clubs in Scotland just won’t agree with that, and it could stretch police resources.
It will be interesting to see if Celtic chief Peter Lawwell has some ideas about the situation, as he has been quiet in regard to what Scottish football is going to do to deal with the problem it currently finds itself in.
It remains to be seen if Lawwell will take a role, but Duffy’s idea is unlikely to appeal to him.