Scottish football 'not expected to resume until August'

All 42 SPFL clubs met via conference call on Friday

A general view of Hampden Park
A general view of Hampden Park

Scottish football is unlikely to be back up and running before August at the earliest, clubs have learned at a meeting of all 42 SPFL teams.

A series of conference calls were held on Friday with no decision made over finalising the 2019/20 campaign, but football is not expected to resume until late summer, according to the BBC.

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SPFL chiefs are working on securing commercial deals for next season while the UK Government’s furlough scheme should save most clubs, according to an official from one League Two club.

Under the scheme clubs can claim up to 80 per cent of player wages with a maximum limit of £2,500 per month. It is believed that part-time players will also be covered.

If players agree then their current terms and conditions will have to be altered and lodged with the Scottish FA within 14 days.

Any players that choose not to will either have their contracts torn up or have to go through a redundancy process.

Clubs are understood to be meeting on a regular basis and there could be developments over the next seven days regarding the ongoing hiatus which could allow clubs to start planning for the 2020/21 season.

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