SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster revealed that there is no more room to spare after the winter break was brought forward following the rise of coronavirus cases. After the Scottish government announced that sporting events can only have 500 in attendance, 10 out of the 12 teams voted for the winter break being brought forward. The proposal was ruled out by the board as there was no space in the calendar with the games on December 29 and January 2/3 postponed instead.

“It’s been a bad week for Scottish football in terms of the restrictions but a good week in terms of the democratic process and the league being able to respond to clubs’ requests,” SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said. “There was an overwhelming view there should be postponements with the majority of clubs wanting to postpone all three festive fixtures. But we only have two available slots prior to the league split so the compromise of playing on Boxing Day but postponing the December 29 and New Year’s games was the right approach to take.”

“We know it causes difficulties with congestion but the responsible thing from the Board was to listen to the majority and respond,” he added. “I’m pleased with the compromise put forward, but it now means there’s no further room to delay games – we’ve used the two available slots that exist and there simply isn’t any more space. The situation has been and continues to be crippling for SPFL clubs so it’s vitally important we get as much financial support as possible from the Scottish Government in the light of these restrictions.”

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