Hibernian chief executive Leean Dempster has warned rivals clubs that they should be bracing for a ‘meteor’ hitting Scottish football rather than focusing on recent disagreements, The Scottish Sun report.

Dempster pulled out of talks on reconstruction on Monday, an effort led by Hearts and Hamilton officials that looks to avoid clubs being relegated during the current public health crisis.

The followed weeks of accusations from a vocal minority that looked to undermine voting on an SPFL proposal which was backed by 81% of clubs.


For Dempster, it’s now about moving forward to tackle the most important issues, primarily the matter of getting back to match action with some sort of income in place.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Dempster said: “There has been so much focus on disagreements. I’ve had a bit of a ringside seat because I have been focusing on other issues. But at this time, the efforts of the Scottish game should be looking at the meteor which is about to hit us.

“We’re not challenging Government. We’re not challenging health officials. We need to prepare ourselves for every eventuality.

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“There are some new normals at the minute and there will be a new normal for football. We need to figure out what that is.

“If we sit back and wait to find out what that is, it will be whatever somebody tells us it is, as opposed to working together and agreeing on something.

“It’s not beyond the will and wit of us, collectively, to come up with a plan that works in the best interests of everybody.”

Right now, the prospect of any football taking place any time soon is slim, even behind closed doors.

The Netherlands top-flight, Eredivisie, for example, has been told by the Dutch government that they cannot play in any circumstance until September 1st.

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That means even the biggest clubs in Scotland could face an unprecedented period of having to go months and months without playing a match or bringing in ticket income.

As Dempster alludes to, the key is now bringing clubs together in a common interest without suspicion and controversy in order to figure out the common challenges and solutions that suit everyone.

Hopefully it all gets a bit more grown up in the SPFL over the coming weeks.

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