Hearts defender Craig Halkett fears some footballers may have played their last games for their clubs without even realising it at the time.

Football is suspended in Scotland for the foreseeable future, as is sport and other events involving mass gatherings across the world, as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.

The indications are that football may have to take a backseat for a good while as measures are taken to control and ultimately stop the spread of the disease.

Hearts’ Halkett fears for players whose contracts are expiring (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

It was impossible for things to continue, and the decision to suspend the game has been widely accepted.


Thoughts have now turned to what football being suspended for an indefinite period could actually mean, and Jambos star Halkett is concerned players nearing the end of their contracts face losing their jobs effectively.

He told The Daily Record: “There will be boys whose contracts run out this summer and maybe they’ve played their last game for their club and didn’t even know it at the time.

“There’s clearly the possibility no football will be played for months so when we are back playing they may have no club and no contract. They are right to be fearful and worried about what the future holds.

The SPFL suspended football in Scotland last Friday (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Many people across the country are anxious about what will happen with their jobs and plenty of footballers come into that category.

“Clubs rely on games to get fans into grounds to fund themselves and you wonder how some of them will cope.”

It’s certainly a valid point from Halkett.

Nobody can say right now when football will resume, but a suspension that lasts for months could easily make it very difficult for some clubs to retain players that are currently nearing the end of their contracts.

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