SPFL club chairman says at least 6 sides could go into administration within months

By John McGinley

April 22, 2020

Raith Rovers chairman Bill Clark has warned that at least half a dozen Scottish clubs are facing the prospect of entering administration within months if there’s no ticket income, Sky News report.

As we know, Scottish football is facing an unprecedented crisis due to ongoing public health concerns, as is almost every facet of society at large.

In the context of Celtic and clubs up and down the divisions, it means a period of drastically reduced income is on the cards, with the chance of playing in front of crowds anytime soon remote.

Clark reckons this is potentially catastrophic for many, suggesting a number could even enter the dreaded administration process.

Speaking to Sky News, the Raith Rovers man said: “I would suspect that there’s at least half a dozen clubs that would be facing going into administration or receivership, whatever you want to call it, in about three, four, five months time.

“How Scottish football would recover from that I don’t know.”

The concept of administration is nothing new in Scottish football of course. A number of top-flight clubs have had to ensure that process in the past, with some clubs even being liquidated.

Celtic, given the way it has been run over the last couple of decades, should be immune from all that.

However, it is a worrying prognosis for the game in this country.

It’s been a dramatic few weeks for Scottish football / (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)

The Hoops may be fine but what will the state of the opposition be?

Right now all we’re hearing from those in charge is what might happen. If clubs are to navigate stormy waters then clarity is needed.

Scottish football decision-makers will need to figure things out quite soon, if Clark’s prediction is indeed correct.