The SPFL have confirmed meetings have taken place with wealthy businessman James Anderson regarding a potential caveat-free, multi-million-pound donation into Scottish football, The Daily Record reports.
The paper had reported this morning on the profile of Anderson, describing him as a philanthropist who runs a trust with a value running into the billions.
It’s said he is prepared to donate millions of pounds to clubs throughout the SPFL to help them deal with the ongoing public health crisis and associated costs.
The league body have now confirmed talks have taken place today via video conference between Anderson, SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and Chairman Murdoch MacLennan
Doncaster told The Daily Record: “We had a very constructive and worthwhile discussion with James and we agreed on the need to progress things as swiftly as possible.
“The offer from James is an extremely generous one and we have committed to work together to quickly iron out the details and develop a concrete proposal which could make a significant difference to our 42 clubs.”
It’s also reported that any investment is not contingent on league reconstruction and that Anderson is not using these funds as a trojan horse to take a stake in the SPFL itself.
It’s clearly a potential game-changer for Scottish Football when considering how the next 12 months might pan out.
As we discussed on Sunday, the proposed August 1st start for the top-flight is already in doubt because clubs may not be able to afford mandatory testing which could cost each side as much as £100,000 per year as it stands.
Anything that could help with the costs of that should obviously be fully explored and considered, especially if any donation is condition free.
It appears the SPFL are on the road to doing just that, sounding positive about Anderson’s potential contribution.
Hopefully this all leads to Scottish football returning to the timetable put forward by the Scottish FA and SPFL late last week.
While Celtic are already on top of what’s needed to put squad and staff testing in place, this could all mean we actually have a league of clubs to play against come August.