The Daily Record is claiming that Scottish football could be shut down until August in a move which would completely disrupt Rangers for the next two seasons.

The newspaper claims that due to growing health concerns over the coronavirus the SPFL and SFA are set to meet with the top brass down south to work out a UK-wide approach.

It is here that the Record believe the powers that be will work out a plan for the shut-down and decide the winners and losers of the campaign.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon intends of banning mass gatherings from next week. (Photo by JEFF J MITCHELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The SPFL announced a nationwide footballing shutdown [SPFL] as the country prepares for the onslaught of the coronavirus.

Events over 500 people are also set to be banned by the Scottish Government come Monday, with PFA Scotland refusing to let players put themselves at risk [PFA] in closed-door matches.

The claim that football will be held up until August was made by a source close to the record, who believes “there might effectively be no summer at all” as we look at five months without football.

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“It seems naive in the extreme to think the game is going into cold storage for two or three weeks and we can get it up and running again in time for the summer,” said the Record source.

 

“The way things are looking right now there might effectively be no summer at all.

“All the medical advice that’s been given to the Joint Response Group suggests this outbreak will not reach its peak until the middle of June.

“If the experts are correct, then clubs all over the country will be locked down until at least the middle of July. They’d still be in need of a proper pre-season.

Scottish clubs including Rangers have been rocked by the postponement. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“In all likelihood, we may not see professional football in the UK this side of August.”

The SPFL have suspended footballing activities until further notice with the situation in Europe set to be discussed at a UEFA conference call on Tuesday involving the 55 member associations.

This estimate is better reflective of the government guidance which suggests the outbreak’s peak won’t be for another 10-14 weeks.

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