Raith Rovers chairman Bill Clark has fears that Scottish football may not see a return to action until January, feeling a best-case scenario will still involve over six months of waiting, The Sunday Post report.
As we know, an ongoing public health crisis has seen in indefinite suspension imposed on football in the country, with Celtic one of many teams facing up to the financial challenges ahead.
Although UEFA have earmarked the summer for a return of leagues around the continent, clubs are expressing concern that it could be well into the Autumn or even winter until football is back.
Raith chairman Clark, one of the SPFL’s member teams, worries that the sport could be off the table until 2021.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “My most optimistic view is that we might get some football going again in October or November. But it could well be January of next year.
“We can survive for two months but I would like to get a decision by the end of April at the latest. That would help us to plan. We have to plan our cash flow month-by-month because we’re living hand to mouth.
“All the lower-league clubs, with maybe one or two exceptions, are in that position.
“Once a decision is made about whether we’re in League One again or the Championship, we can sell season tickets, and that will give us an income that will see us through June and July.”
Raith have a lot riding on any decision made by the SPFL, currently sitting top of League One with potential promotion to the second-tier Championship.
That even their chairman is looking for a quick resolution is telling, clearly feeling financial health is more important than any title wins, promotion or relegation.
If we could have some sort of clarity and planning in place by the end of April it’d be a huge help.
Can the SPFL and Scottish FA get their ducks in a row?