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Scottish top-flight season possibly over

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack admitted on Monday (May 4) that the Scottish Premiership season is likely to be abandoned because of the coronavirus crisis.

Cormack recently wrote to his Premiership counterparts urging them to examine ways of completing this season after the three Scottish lower league campaigns were ended.

The Scottish football authorities’ Joint Response Group last week kicked off six committees designed to work with the Scottish government in a bid to get into a position to restart the top-tier campaign.

The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League will hold talks with sports minister Joe Fitzpatrick on Tuesday along with other governing bodies.

But United States-based businessman Cormack accepts restarting is looking a forlorn task, especially when the French and Dutch seasons have been ended.

“The key priority isn’t necessarily if we finish 19/20, which is looking more unlikely as the days go by, but is really how do we get back to playing football safely and as quickly as we can?” Cormack told Red TV.

Cormack believes Scotland’s clubs, including Steven Gerrard's Rangers, must instead focus on preparing for a way to play the 2020/21 season.

“If it’s going to be behind closed doors, what does that look like from a safety standpoint and the cost of that plus from a commercial standpoint if more games are going to be watched on television?” he said.

“We had a call with 13 clubs, the 12 existing clubs in the Premiership plus Dundee United, and the message was absolutely clear from every club: let’s focus on what we need to do to get a plan together to work cohesively with the Scottish government in order to get this plan in place.” – AFP

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