Report: Multiple Scottish Premiership clubs left fuming with Scottish FA

By John McGinley

July 25, 2020

Several Scottish Premiership clubs have been left ‘seething’ after the SFA introduced more mandatory testing of players and club staff, The Scottish Sun reports.

The ongoing pandemic has put a financial and logistical strain on clubs up and down the league, including Celtic.

Now, after concern regarding a potential outbreak at St Mirren and a delay of results at Rangers, Hampden officials have ordered clubs to test personnel twice-weekly.

However, it’s reported that a number of sides feel the SFA have overreacted, costing clubs more money than they need to.

A Scottish Sun source is quoted as saying: “The guidance from Hampden was flawed and several clubs have pointed out it was wrong and too vague.

“Some clubs feel the company recommended for the tests is failing to deliver within the timescale the SFA wants.

“The SFA has worked hard to give clubs advice and help them find solutions during the Covid-19 testing period.

“But a number of clubs are growing increasingly disillusioned with a lack of leadership when these new issues have arisen.”

It’s said that grievances were aired at SPFL’s board meeting on Friday.

Celtic thankfully don’t appear to be reliant on the use of outside companies to complete testing and therefore aren’t experiencing delays.

We discussed back in May that the club had purchased two testing kit machines from South Korea at a cost of £35,000 each, leading the way on testing in Scottish football.

Hampden Stadium / (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)

However, if the Scottish Premiership is to kick-off without a hitch next weekend then the SFA and other clubs really need to get on top of the current processes and ensure there is no barrier to matches taking place.

The safety of players and staff must come first but there is no reason for it to impact the start of the season.

In other news, Scottish clubs are said to have rejected SPFL proposals because of Peter Lawwell’s presence on the league board.