The SFA’s statement last night clarifies the immediate future of the game, or lack thereof. No training will be permitted until at least the 10 June and the professional game can start 6 weeks after training. Without the lockdown being extended, the earliest behind closed doors football game can take place on 22 July.
It would be possible to complete the Premiership by 19 August. Today’s proposal by the SPFL keeps this option on the table.
The new league season would need to start immediately thereafter, games would almost certainly be played behind closed doors and Uefa would need to delay the start of Champions and Europa League qualification competitions until the last week in August. I think this is unlikely, but it remains possible.
I understand that Hearts, four points adrift at the bottom, are lashing out in every direction, but they would be better advised to try to win support for league reconstruction than go down the belligerent route. Maybe Ann Budge should have retained the bonus scheme and avoided all this stress.
Newco’s anger is a pale shadow of what we saw during the Traynor statement years. It’s all a bit limp for my palette. I like my Newco statements frothing with anger, typed while standing in fermenting urine-soaked shoes with flute music blaring in the background. Don’t judge me.
Today’s “legal advisor did not deem our Members Resolution as competent” is so weepy all I feel is pity.
This afternoon’s SPFL vote can change only details for Celtic. The real battle was to make this season Null and Void and our incompetent friends across the city were chased out of town for that suggestion. Celtic will be champions; nine-in-a-row is ours, whether achieved on the field or after Uefa issue advice to national associations.
It’s also interesting to watch the paranoia triggers. Our own sufferers’ gas will be at a peep for a while, whereas Newco’s conspiracy theorists were born for these times. Do not be like any of them, just because the tide goes against you, doesn’t mean The Man is out to get you! You’re just a little anxious.
I know this is a Terrible Good Friday, but be Good to each other today – and stay indoors all weekend.