The BBC have reported that the SPFL have made advanced payouts to all 42 of the senior clubs in Scotland.
Payments that were supposedly due in April have been paid out now. The BBC has reported that many clubs are experiencing financial difficulty, which will make these payments a welcome bonus for many in the country.
Celtic have been given £395k along with Rangers and Motherwell. This is due to the fact they’re in the top three of the Premiership tree. The rest of the Scottish Premiership clubs will receive £157.5k, according to the BBC.
Interestingly, there’s a colossal gap in finances when you drop down to the Championship. Clubs in the second tier of Scottish football have received £26.5k each, whilst League One clubs have been given only £2.7k.
Clubs in the bottom tier of professional football in Scotland – League Two – have been handed £1.35k each. All payments have been handed out plus VAT.
Is the gap too big?
There’s something that just doesn’t feel too right about a lot of this. The gap between the top three and the rest of the Premiership equates to just under £240k.
Therefore, that means that Aberdeen, who sit a point behind Motherwell as things stand, will receive a substantial amount less. It would make sense if the money was a bit more evenly distributed.
Hearts, for example, have had to take measures to slash all staffs’ wages by 50%. Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack, meanwhile, has said that the Dons are facing a £5million black hole in the future due to the ongoing pandemic (The Herald).
There will be real financial hardships for Championship clubs too. However, the difference between their clubs and the majority of Scottish Premiership sides is over £130k. Whilst you would expect those at the top to be getting more for where they are, you wonder whether there needs to be such disparity between clubs’ sums.
In any case, the money is at least something for the clubs to use for plastering a couple of their wounds. But that’s all it will do. More may need to be done to stop certain clubs in Scotland from really being on the brink.
Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, but the early signs from certain sides haven’t been great.