Date: 26th September 2020 at 6:17pm
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Ewan Murray wants Celtic to subsidise Scottish football, picking up on an idea from Tom English of BBC Scotland.

Scottish clubs face tough times with uncertainty over when fans will be allowed to return with the three lower divisions due to kick-off in three weeks’ time.

Murray is the Guardian’s golf expert but makes no secret of all things Hearts of Midlothian. After a nightmare season ended in relegation from the SPFL Premiership he took things badly as the board of the SPFL and others were blamed for the multiple failures of Ann Budge and Craig Levein.

Last season Hearts agreed a four year contract for Steven Naismith on a reported £7,500 a week deal, in May the former Everton striker agreed to a 50% wage cut.

The problems being faced by Hearts and other clubs are also being experienced by Celtic on a much bigger scale. Celtic’s wage bill probably exceeds the 10 other SPFL clubs outside of Ibrox with the hoops also taking a big hit with reduced income streams.

Lobbying to get fans back into fixtures in the same way as they can visit pubs and restaurants would be the simplest solution. Open air venues with social distancing and fans that can be easily traced appears to be much safer than dining alongside randoms who only need to provide a phone number to get served.