Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is pleased that, so far, the Scottish Championship season has not been postponed or cancelled to deal with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

That is not the case in the lower leagues. League One and League Two in Scotland are currently suspended in an attempt to help get the number of positive Covid cases down.

At the moment, the Championship and Premiership are the only leagues being played in Scottish football. Neilson has outlined why he thinks this is a good thing. He believes that football gives people a distraction during these difficult times.

 

“It’s a distraction”

“I believe football has a big part to play in society by helping people through this. It’s a distraction from what is going on” he said (Edinburgh Evening News).

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson and Christophe Berra (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“A lot of people are just sitting in their house unable to get out to work or do anything. There is nothing really to look forward to until the end of this.

“At least having football to watch and talk about keeps them active, keeps them engaged and maintains the social side of it” Neilson concluded.

No sign of top two divisions ending

It would be a blow to the Scottish game if the top two leagues were called to a halt for the second year in a row. As Neilson says, people need a distraction from what is going on. However, safety is still the biggest priority going forward.

Stephen Kingsley and Robbie Neilson

Stephen Kingsley and Robbie Neilson (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

For the moment at least, there looks to be no sign of the top two divisions in Scotland being suspended. Hopefully that continues on, and as Neilson says, the game can provide some comfort to people.

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