BSC Glasgow were planning long-term with their Scottish Cup money from a game with Hibs earlier this year – but those funds could prove vital now.
Scottish football has been suspended across the board, from Premiership action to grassroots development as the world battles a Covid-19 pandemic. Uncertainty is in the air for many and Lowland League side BSC are no exception.
It will be a difficult time for many Lowland League clubs who rely heavily on gate receipts. In the meantime, BSC will use their platform to share images and information of missing people, in order to try and reunite them with their families.
General manager George Fraser says that whilst they had planned to use money gained from the Hibs game for future projects, it will come in handy now, as the BSC man predicts hard times for Lowland League clubs.
“I think there’s going to be a massive financial impact,” Fraser told NTOF. “We have a lot of community clubs within the league, clubs who rely on matchdays as their sole income, clubs who have a social club which will be drastically affected because the club won’t be able to open.
“All income streams are stopped for these clubs and a lot of these clubs have players under contract and they are obliged to pay them. I think it’s going to have far-reaching effects on teams at our level and below.
“Unfortunately I think it’s going to be very detrimental to the wellbeing of some of these community clubs. I don’t want to see it, however, there isn’t a lot of money in Scottish football. It’s going to be a difficult time.
“It’s no secret that it (the Hibs match) was good for us. However, this is probably not the way we intended to use the money. We are in a fortunate position and I don’t deny that. It certainly helps.
“I’m very grateful that we managed to do that this season. It doesn’t take away from the fact that I do feel for others clubs, I don’t want to see anyone suffer through this.
“Speaking for my own club, we are very grateful we had a good Scottish Cup run. We don’t have any other incomes stream, we don’t have our own ground, nothing really outside sponsorship. We would have to be asking ourselves some serious financial questions.”