The club-by-club consequence if the league programme goes ahead behind closed doors:
Livingston will lose two home games, against Dundee and St Johnstone. Ross County will lose two, against Aberdeen and Motherwell. Although financially, Livi are on the brink, I’m not convinced the net result of their or Ross County’s games being postponed will be particularly damaging to either club.
Hibs will lose a lucrative derby game against Hearts, lots of away ticket revenue and hospitality refunds on the line. The same is true for Dundee, who have a derby game against United. Both should want fixtures postponed.
Aberdeen would have to refund thousands of Newco fans, an expense they could well do without. They would also have to refund some hundreds of Dundee fans. They should also want fixtures postponed.
Hearts have St Johnstone, who take few fans, the only real cost here would be their (valuable) hospitality sales. They also have the incentive of playing at an Empty Easter Road. They are also Hearts….. could go either way.
Dundee United have St Mirren, which is likely to be cancelled anyway, and Hibs. Like Hearts, they have the incentive of playing away to a rival in an empty stadium. Could go either way.
St Mirren today requested the postponement of tomorrow’s game against Celtic and Sunday’s game against Newco. This request will be upheld, no matter what happens to the rest of the fixtures, but, surely, suffering as they are, they will support postponement?
Newco would be unaffected by Ms Sturgeon’s decision. Celtic stand to lose two gates, against Hibs and Newco. It would cost a substantial amount of money and affect the club more than any other.
Celtic’s request to postpone fixtures is unarguable, but we know how Scotland works; anything could happen.