Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has criticised the SPFL for their scheduling of end-of-season fixtures. The Hoops shot-stopper reckons the decision makers at Hampden should have elected to end the season sooner, giving Celtic and Scotland more time to prepare for vital continental matches.
Celtic will play their final competitive match of the season on May 25th – less than seven weeks before their first Champions League qualifier. The scheduling is even more crowded for international players like Bain.
The 27-year-old is likely to start for Scotland on the 8th and 11th of June when they play Cyprus and Belgium respectively.
That means that the keeper may get as little as one week off after a long, gruelling season.
Bain told the BBC: “They changed the split so that every game is on a Saturday.
“So I think they could have potentially done a Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday until the end of the season and then had the cup final.”
Giving ourselves the best chance
The keeper makes a very simple but apt point. Celtic played nine games in December and eight in February. Playing that amount of football in winter months and then not as many when the weather is better makes no sense at all.
Celtic played their final match before the split against Livingston on the 6th of April – a full seven weeks before the Scottish Cup final. Surely the league could’ve played the split fixtures over a shorter period of time and moved the showpiece match forward.
Doing so would have given both Scotland’s European clubs and the national team a better chance of success over the summer months. It seems ludicrous that the SPFL and SFA wouldn’t want to help.