‘I think that’s unrealistic’ - SFA figure warns fans ahead of crunch meeting
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SFA vice-president Mulraney gives update prior to response group meeting

Speaking on BBC Radio Sportsound, SFA vice-president Mike Mulraney said it would be ‘unrealistic’ to expect a big announcement following the response group’s meeting with the Scottish government on Tuesday.

As major competitions such as the Premier League and Serie A formulate plans to restart in June, key figures from the SFA and SPFL have been tasked with coordinating Scotland’s approach.

Plans to bring football back are being discussed by the SFA and SPFL. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Possible options are to be put to government representatives on Tuesday, but Mulraney has warned fans not to get their hopes up.

“I don’t think any huge statement will come out of it that will in any way answer the problem,” he said on BBC Radio Sportsound. “I think that’s unrealistic.”

“I think it’s part of the journey and a journey football is taking with the government and everyone else to try and get football back safely.

“It’s very welcomed that we’re getting this opportunity to speak. But it is a process. It’s clearly going to be a very long and difficult journey.

“But if we don’t prepare to deal with the problem then we’ll only extend that journey needlessly.”

There’s been no football at Ibrox since mid-March. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s encouraging to hear Mulraney, who is also chairman of Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic, talk about the need to set the wheels in motion in terms of a return to football.

Yet, there’s a stark contrast with the thinking in Scotland compared to places like England and Italy, where top-flight clubs look likely to return to training imminently.

With the SPFL already successfully ending three leagues early on the basis that further matches could not take place until August, their favoured option is likely to conclude the Premiership in a similar fashion.

Rangers supporters and fans of Scottish football, in general, must prepare themselves for a long stretch without the game.

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