The SFA’s coronavirus joint response group have claimed the ongoing lock-out of fans from football matches “could be catastrophic” to the nation’s game.

The groups claim they have been given assurances by the minister for public health, sport and wellbeing for Scotland that the Scottish government are seeking financial support from Westminster.

Bosses at Hampden are worried about the “catastrophic” damage a Covid fan shut-out could do to Scottish football. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Whilst the group thanked clubs for their continuing adherence to Covid-19 protocols they expressed real fears that the Scottish game could seriously suffer as a result of fan lockouts.

“The JRG would like to put on record our thanks to all clubs who have played their part by adhering to the strictest measures to combat COVID-19, despite the enormous financial toll it has inflicted on them,” reads an SFA statement.

“The game in Scotland depends on ticket revenue far more than the vast majority of professional leagues across Europe.

“We usually see over five million supporters per season attending Scottish league matches – with 43% of all revenue generated via gate receipts.

“The prospect of that vital income being lost for the majority of the season – far less in its entirety – could be catastrophic for many of our clubs.

“We are committed to working with government to avert that crisis.”

The situation obviously directly involves Rangers and the club’s manager Steven Gerrard spoke about the new restrictions and the situation concerning fans being let into matches.

The Ibrox gaffer has described the situation as a “massive blow” for Rangers.

“It’s not the news that anyone who loves the game or connected with our club wanted to hear for sure,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“Football’s not the same at the moment, I don’t think anyone enjoys it as much as having fans in the stadiums.

“Coming to places away in Europe you should be playing in front of exciting atmospheres and making games more special than it is.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has described the situation involving coronavirus as a “massive blow” for Rangers and Scottish football. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s not the news that anyone wanted, it’s a massive blow for us, for the Scottish game, and hopefully there’s better news in the coming weeks.”

Both Rangers and the SFA were speaking after new coronavirus restrictions meant plans to have a phased return of fans in early October were shelved by the Scottish Government.

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