Contrast between SPFL and EFL will benefit Scottish clubs


Earlier this month we discussed the English Football League, where Championship clubs are in particular danger.  Unlike the SPFL there is little leadership from “the centre”.  Clubs and the League hope to complete the season and only yesterday published a plan on what to do in the event that is not possible.

Completing the season will require investment in blanket testing which will cost hard-up clubs millions of pounds, players would need to be taken off furlough (where applicable) weeks before games are played, and there will be zero ticket money generated.

All this helps clubs, fans and everyone else feel better about the sporting integrity of their competitions, but it will only compound the financial crisis afflicting the sport if they undertake the process and, as is very possible, some or all clubs need to isolate due to positive tests.  This could lead to a later curtailment of the league, with unnecessary illness (or worse) and cost.

The contrast with the SPFL is stark.  The Scottish League took medical and legal advice and went on the front foot with a strong recommendation to clubs, which was overwhelmingly supported.  These decisions are horrible and inevitably unfair on someone, but good leadership means you need to make yourself unpopular at times.

What happens with the English Premiership is largely immaterial to Scottish football.  Our more immediate competitors occupy the leagues below.  This is where Scottish clubs have lost most of their talent to.  There will be opportunities for Scottish clubs as a consequence of how the two leagues reacted to the crisis.  Keep your eye on what happens here.

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  1. celticforever on

    we should start by calling them their real name Sevco



    Rangers is gone

  2. Lol C.mac my pred tex errors ‘doldrums’ instead of oldtim as post should have read.haha.



    There will be some club’s alas who will go thro liquidation. Due to covid.


    None will be dealt with,confiscated over,not that of 2012.




  3. glendalystonsils on

    AN TEARMANN on 25TH MAY 2020 3:28 PM



    Celtic is a club like no other .



    Sevco is a club treated like no other.

  4. Just seen it’s been reported kid has moved on to Belgium, good move for the the kid, hope he does well. Very unlucky with injury here.




  5. GlenDalystonsils 3.33













    Call them what you wish.:-))) we have that option due to their own selfharm/skullduggery/cheating Murray era,behaviour of that time.


    Celtic just got a little bit better the amount of titles this century proves that.the envy seers thro them tho,here’s to 9iar.:-)




  6. Cummings and Boris have ALREADY played the Child/Parent card…and many folk just do not believe it…why was it that Cummings can claim to have have problems in getting child care in the middle of feckin London ?


    Him and PM Johnson are just Liars and will do anything they can to turn a blind eye when helping one of their own.



  7. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    and Rod, sorry RS, I respect your politics but this ain’t ok.

  8. WDH – can you say which ward you are in? Walked to village post box, but no mail today so will post tomorrow.


    BT/ LENNYBHOY …. do you know?

  9. SCANIEL on 25TH MAY 2020 4:19 PM


    Sorry I don’t, I’ll email him, if I get a response I’ll post here.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  10. Cummings is a back room operator. He does not do charm and he is not good on TV. Unless he pulls a rabbit out of the hat, he will die on his erse in this presser, even with a largely supportive press.



    Alistair Campbell could do TV and understood it, but was an almost equally aggressive and arrogant individual.



    Cummings, in a front room, on TV is almost certainly a vote loser. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with and I will bet that he loses his patience within 5 minutes and starts attacking the Press for exposing him.

  11. SFTB


    Not sure about that – he’ll play the worried dad big time – wouldn’t be surprised if underlying conditions within the family was pulled out the hat.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Why not ask for a Covid test? That fud Gove got one for his daughter a few weeks into this crisis

  13. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    I publicly apologize for disparaging Dominic. I feel sorry for him now and I can see that it is ok for him to do whatever the hun he wants. I will now be voting for all billiuonaires and their universal rights. I am ashamed for standing up for people who have died.

  14. It’s quite funny watching a liar tripping himself up.



    What’s not funny is the results this will bring as more people will travel 500 miles and do what they like.



    D. :)

  15. all seriousness, how can cummings advise anyone on anything, he must have something on BoJo, he is bumbling and shambolic in this interview.



    arrogant, ignorant,

  16. This interview of Cummins renders democracy as a joke, an appointed special advisor is involved in departmental decisions, unelected and unaccountable to the electorate.

  17. Gruesome………….



    You couldn’t mark his brass-neck or baldy heid wi’ a blow-torch.