Former Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith is concerned that that half of the clubs in Scotland could go bust due to the ongoing public health crisis, speaking to The Scottish Sun.
Football has been suspended in the country since mid-March and there is currently no firm timetable set for a return.
It seems incredibly unlikely that any action will take place until beyond the scheduled end date of the season in May, putting clubs at real risk of having to pay a fortune in outgoings without receiving any income.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has even suggested wage cuts could take place at the Hoops from the end of April.
If Celtic aren’t ruling out drastic measures, we can only imagine how other clubs are doing right now.
Smith is seriously concerned that the landscape in Scotland could look much different next season.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I think there is a fear we could lose half of our clubs. That’s the scary prospect if this situation extends for a lengthy period.
“If there is no football for the next five or six months then the clubs will clearly suffer. Scotland is arguably the most dependent country in Europe for gate income.
“The TV deals are not anything like they are across Europe and every club is feeling the pinch.
“Drastic measures are already being introduced and there is a real worry we will not have enough teams to fill the leagues next season, whether that is a new set-up or in the current format.”
Clearly, we are entering a critical period for Scottish football. The SPFL and SFA must step up to find solutions.
A video conference between UEFA and its member associations has been scheduled for today, which might give more clarity on what is expected from football across the continent.
UEFA said in a statement this week that the meeting will “look at developments across all UEFA national team and club competitions, as well as discussing progress at FIFA and European level on matters such as player contracts and the transfer system.”
While discussions rumble on, clubs in Scotland are anxiously waiting on the sidelines.