SPFL clubs can take the lead where the Premier League has failed

Premier League clubs have been refused permission to wear their away kit on Boxing Day in a bid to raise funds and awareness for a homeless charity – and SPFL sides can take the lead where their English counterparts have failed.

According to the Daily Mail, homeless charity Shelter wanted clubs to wear their away kits on Boxing Day is support of a campaign called Dark Horses that would see players “asked to sign the home jerseys they have not worn and auction them off, in what the charity have described as their version of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day”.


Brighton and Wolves are reported to have approached the Premier League for permission but were denied, leading to criticism of the Premier League’s stance.

A spokesperson for the league insisted clubs are encouraged to back charitable causes but must ensure doing so complies with the Premier League rules, saying: ‘The Premier League receives a large number of requests from charities every season however we aren’t able to support all centrally. Clubs area entitled to support charitable causes, and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules.’

With the Christmas fixtures some of the most well-attended in the Scottish calendar, clubs in the SPFL should look to help out and engage with Shelter – who claim 1.5million people in Scotland are currently affected by the housing crisis.

There doesn’t appear to be anything in the SPFL rules that forbids clubs opting to wear their away kits on any given weekend – and hopefully, they take up the baton and get behind Shelter’s campaign.

The Boxing day fixtures are:

St Johnstone v Celtic
Aberdeen v Dundee
Dundee United v Hibs
Hearts v Ross County
Motherwell v Livingston
Rangers v St Mirren

Ayr United v Raith
Dunfermline v Arbroath
Hamilton v Kilmarnock
Inverness CT v Partick Thistle
Morton v Queen of the South

Airdrie v Alloa
Cove v East Fife
Falkirk v Clyde
Queen’s Park v Dumbarton

Albion Rovers v Stranraer
Annan v Kelty
Cowdenbeath v Edinburgh City
Forfar v Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion v Elgin City

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