Richard Foster believes that the SPFL shutdown will affect teams like Hearts more than it will the likes of Celtic.

Football almost globally has been put on hold as the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll. Scottish football is no different, with many things left up in the air.

An uncertain time for those involved in Scottish football. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For current Premiership man Foster, the season has to be cancelled. Whilst this is just one of a number of possibilities, the Ross County man believes it’ll hit smaller clubs harder than bigger clubs.

He told the BBC: “If it stopped now Celtic would be champions, Hearts would be relegated and Dundee United would come up. But I think it would affect teams like Hearts and Partick Thistle more than it would affect Celtic – you either get crowned champions or you don’t.

“It is not going to have an effect on players’ livelihoods and the club’s livelihood. The staff at Celtic are still going to get paid while certain clubs being relegated would bring with it different challenges.

Contrasting impacts of suspension from Celtic Park to Firhill and Tynecastle according to Richard Foster.

Contrasting impacts of suspension from Celtic Park to Firhill and Tynecastle according to Richard Foster. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“Just for clarity I think the season would need to be finished.”

 

Potential hurt for smaller clubs

It will be a testing time for some of the SPFL’s smaller clubs. A recent study suggested 43% of a club’s revenue in Scotland comes from gate money alone.

It’s a huge blow to lose that for a period of time, never mind losing it until as late as August or September as some have reported and predicted.

The next few weeks will bring about crucial decisions in Scottish football, some that may just define the future of some of our well-loved clubs.

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