SPFL need eyes on EPL Project Restart


The progress of ‘Project Restart’ in the Premier League in England will be watched closely by the SPFL.  Three clubs there have opened training facilities for players, with plans for full training to take place from 18 May three weeks ahead of the first closed doors fixture.

I suspect these plans will be aborted by subsequent government advice, but if England play out their season and Scotland don’t, there will be an outcry, legitimately so.  We want to play the season to its completion, win the title on the field, shut the faces of the perennial losers.  It would also allow us to dispense with any thoughts of league reconstruction to save Hearts from relegation.

A hard deadline has been set by Uefa of 25 May for leagues to submit plans to restart or end their seasons.  That gives the SPFL four weeks to establish their own Project Restart, with government clearance, or call the season.  We should take as much time as is available – move with the herd, as we suggested earlier.

The Dutch, who moved early by awarding Uefa places for next season based on current league positions, but declined to award the title, relegate or promote, are now in a legal quagmire, as they have used sporting merit to determine some outcomes but not all.  This crisis will not reward pioneers.

The goings-on in England will be more pertinent to what the SPFL does than the 12 May EGM.  I suspect the League’s board already know they have the 11 required votes in the bag, but they will want to win the popular vote as well.

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  1. Social distancing cannot be put into practice. Games cannot be played.



    I await the outcry when the first player dies of COVID-19 if training and matches resume too quickly, and contrary to government advice. Who’ll get the blame?

  2. Can’t Celtic open up training facilities with all the added measures in place, like some of the EPL teams?



    Sets a clear narrative (without the statements) that we are preparing for a scenario where we want to win the league on the pitch?

  3. The issue for the SPFL is that Holyrood could very well take a different outlook to sporting events as their Whitehall counterparts, in which case, the SPFL can not follow their EPL counterparts.



    I don’t see Sturgeon giving the go ahead for two Glasgow derbies in the weeks ahead after Sevco have spent the best part of two months whipping their fan base into a frenzy.

  4. The 700 million clawback from sky is the main thrust of the epl wanting to restart. They will be better off by playing the games and playing season to an end.



    Would the spfl be better off as a result of playing out the season? The simple answer is no. Clubs would likely be worse off.



    I would like the season to play to an end but it seems very unlikely to me. Scotland’s biggest problem is that it always looks south and not just in sport. Dont care what the english are doing, theirs is a different problem from ours.



    Ps whenever the league is completed the team at the top will deserve the title because they are top of a league in which at least 78% of games have been played, same for teams relegated.




  5. CaddingtonCommon on

    Shankly called this wrong. Health first! We owe this to the children . There is no other decision. We must wait until we are safe.



  6. How many incidents of expectoration occur during an average football match?



    Anyone know?

  7. Sturgeon is now recommending (though not enforcing) that people wear face masks when outside.



    The SNP are not going to approve BCD football matches next month.



    The league will be called and awarded in line with UEFAs deadline.

  8. ERNIE LYNCH on 28TH APRIL 2020 12:43 PM


    How many incidents of expectoration occur during an average football match?







    Anyone know?





    Ernie I’ll tell you when I find out what expectoration means :O)

  9. Paul 67,



    Surely if you can train safely as a team you can play a game of football with two teams. The parameters will not be so different.



    The government will balance the negatives against the positive economic and morale boost.


    Time will tell, but I would wager it will happen in England and Germany.




  10. Quarantine


    by Eavan Boland



    In the worst hour of the worst season


    of the worst year of a whole people


    a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.


    He was walking — they were both walking — north.



    She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.


    He lifted her and put her on his back.


    He walked like that west and west and north.


    Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived.



    In the morning they were both found dead.


    Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.


    But her feet were held against his breastbone.


    The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.



    Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.


    There is no place here for the inexact


    praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.


    There is only time for this merciless inventory:



    Their death together in the winter of 1847.


    Also what they suffered. How they lived.


    And what there is between a man and woman.


    And in which darkness it can best be proved.

  11. GREENPINATA on 28TH APRIL 2020 12:53 PM


    Oh and spitting will be a no no.









    Surely if they’ve all been tested there’s no risk?

  12. GREENPINATA on 28TH APRIL 2020 12:53 PM


    Paul 67,







    ‘Surely if you can train safely as a team’






    And how do you know that’s possible?



    The idea hat football clubs or football authorities should be allowed to decide what is and is not safe is ridiculous, particularly after their approach to playing matches at the start of the outbreak.

  13. Few changes when football starts up!



    1) NO man marking



    2). Zonal defending only at corners



    3). Griff not allowed near corner flags at Ibrox (oh yes he is)

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I’ve moaned for years that football is becoming a non contact sport


    With social distancing it’s even worse 🤔

  15. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Clear Perspex masks incorporating eyes nose and mouth ,matches on cooncil telly as well with a fee from stv and bbc and c out the leagues until outcomes are achieved.only games that there is still an issue with should happen.


    IM asthmatic so have been furloughed.but I know they won’t let the economy completely crash


    We need Celtic back

  16. BSR



    What a shame and what a waste.



    Moving to Chelsea was his downfall.



    Does that mean he brought it on himself?

  17. Ernie,



    Spitting is a disgusting unhygenic habit that seems to be more prominent in football than all other sports. There are many reasons for that, not just medical or performance related.



    In this climate spitting is unacceptable.



    And it seems the chair of FIFA’s medical committee agrees.




  18. Paul67



    Could see the point in prolonging the potential completion of games if it were close at the top. Fact is that it’s not, and 13 points and 20 plus goals is a susbstantial gap by any standard, let alone for perennial losers.



    Investment in the SPL to suit a ‘games played finish’ isn’t going to happen, risking life and limb includes closed door matches, and its too risky it seems at this stage, there simply isn’t time for clubs to train and play, if they wish to remain under UEFA control.



    Coronavirus prolonged the Sevco season but only from the blue room and a garage in Hamilton its almost as if the season was still going, when in fact they had already flopped, holding off Motherwell for second place cash. The last thing they want is to play the remaining games and have a natural finish, the wait for second place prize money, they can get anyway, is pushing them over a cliff, how low does it get, using a pandemic as your last hope of thwarting an ever flourishing city rival with whom, you cannot compete.






    I tried a clear perspex mask for a slow jog. Kept fogging up. Can’t see it working for professional football players. It would also have to be unbreakable, to avoid collision shattering causing severe eye damage.



    In all this discussion about playing behind closed doors, are there any posters with knowledge of the insurance industry, and their likely premiums for sanctioning the risks involved?



  20. INIQUITOUSIV on 28TH APRIL 2020 2:11 PM



    David Low’s twitter feed suggests there is no chance of getting insurance cover.

  21. ERNIE LYNCH on 28TH APRIL 2020 2:14 PM


    INIQUITOUSIV on 28TH APRIL 2020 2:11 PM


    David Low’s twitter feed suggests there is no chance of getting insurance cover.




    No insurance cover means that it will never happen – end of.

  22. mild mannered Pedro delgado on



    Perhaps, was just thinking of some form for Edgar Davids mask.im sure that wouldn’t fog up.

  23. Who asked the PFA to conduct a survey of players on reconstruction and is there a breakdown of club to club division to division of those who voted, seems another attempt to bounce this through.

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