Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says there are major hurdles to overcome if the Scottish Premiership season is to be finished.
A sizeable number of fans have called for the campaign to be declared ‘null and void’ but McAllister does not agree with the idea. He has, though, identified three key issues that the authorities will have to deal with.
If the campaign still can’t get underway as we close in on June 30th, there will have to be some solution to shorten the season, how contracts are handled, as well as the European qualifiers:
“I don’t see any other way. We have got to finish the leagues somehow. But I realise there are a lot of: ‘What ifs’. Does the season get shortened when we eventually get back?”
“With the Euros now next summer, you could have guys playing football for two years non-stop to catch up. What happens about contracts that are running out in the next few months?”
“But you would take all the problems just to get the current season finished. We’ve been trying to work backwards off the dates that have been mentioned. Uefa want to get domestic leagues finished by June 30, so we’re all working towards that end.”
“Ordinarily, you’d be going into the freshness of a new season, but there are still going to be issues. In a keenly contested football calendar, there are going to be so many questions. If we’re in the Europa League and we’re still going to have four qualifying rounds, when do you play them? Do you play them as one-leg ties?”
At the moment, a lot of these questions will be left answered due to the uncertainty over when the health crisis will begin to ease.
The SPFL and SFA has suspended all football matches until April 30th and it’s likely that they will have to make another decision to postpone games for an even longer period.