Date: 29th September 2020 at 11:50am
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Henry McLeish claims that the secretive nature of Scottish football is preventing it from getting a financial bail out from the Government.

Both the SFA and SPFL take pride in being private members associations, looking after the interests of member clubs with little scrutiny of how they operate.

After hosting two test events there is a real danger that there will be no fans back inside Scottish grounds this year, last week Neil Lennon warned:

It’s very dangerous precipices we’re standing on and Celtic aren’t immune to that. A lot of clubs in Scotland are not immune.

There seems to be little enthusiasm from the Scottish Government towards the national game which is very protective of its special ways.

Clubs are under no obligations to publish accounts beyond the most basic detail in terms of their status although Celtic publish audited accounts every year as well as interims from a big four accountancy firm.

Exactly where money comes into the game or goes out is a matter of speculation with the BBC website picking up on that aspect from a report in the Daily Mail:

Former First Minister Henry McLeish claims that a lack of trust is preventing a suspicious Scottish Government from offering a bail-out to the country’s professional football clubs during the crisis.

And McLeish, author of a report recommending a major overhaul of the Scottish game believes the secretive SPFL and SFA are to blame for a breakdown in relations between Hampden and Holyrood.

It’s believed that talks are on-going between the Scottish Government and the Joint Response Group however there is very little transparency or accountability in Scottish football.