Rangers have taken part in a Zoom call with the other eleven Scottish Premiership clubs to hold talks over the impact on Scottish football of the Coronavirus restrictons,
The call, reported by STV’s Raman Bhardwaj, will likely see the impact of the ongoing ban on supporters in grounds and the financial repercussions for clubs high on the agenda.
12 Premiership clubs, led by Hibernian chief executive Leanne Dempster, holding zoom call just now, in light of coronavirus restrictions and impact on football.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) September 30, 2020
Premiership clubs have been back in action for two months now amid fears that long-term restrictions could seriously risk the future of Scottish football and push clubs into bankruptcy.
While clubs have been able to sell streaming packages to fans and broadcast home games, there is still a lot of other matchday income which has been lost to clubs in the six months since turnstiles were locked.
One lower division director admitted that the threat of “Armageddon” is real for some clubs in a lengthy discussion with Not The Old Firm and it will also be a genuine fear for clubs higher up the league pyramid.
Rangers have managed to sell a phenomenal amount of season tickets for the new campaign despite there being little clarity on when fans will get back into grounds but clubs will also be well aware that they can’t rely on supporter generosity forever with people’s own finances taking a hit due to the pandemic.
The longer the restrictions on football continue, the worse things are going to get so it will be interesting to see the outcome of today’s call between the Premiership clubs.