Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters says League 1 and 2 clubs are hoping to return to league games as soon as possible.
The Scottish Government gave Leagues 1 and 2 and the Scottish Women’s Premeir League the green light to start football activities immediately, provided they meet the requirements for PCR testing.
With most clubs only completing about a third of the 27-game season, a 22-game compromise appears to have turned out to be the preferred option to wrap up the campaigns after 18 games with a split.
Some clubs are cautious about the financial impact of weekly testing, but Tatters says Elgin is okay with the plan.
He said, “We have no choice. It’s either that or null and void.
“We fought so hard to get the government to bring us back.
“It would be a slap in the face for everyone if we said we wouldn’t do it now.
“We must try to try.
“The biggest concern is that the virus is flare up again and we have wasted all the money.
“The players and the manager really want to play again.
“We’re here to play football and have entertainment and there is currently no entertainment in what we do.
“On Tuesday we had a three and a half hour meeting with the clubs in the 1st and 2nd league.
“We worked out the various options. Twenty-seven games were really a non-runner due to the time frame.
“We put various options on the table.
“We thought we’d reached an agreement, but some of the chairmen had to go back to their clubs to discuss it.”
Today the government announced the green light for football at our level to continue.
We are awaiting further clarifications from the JRG & Football Authorities and will update you when we know more.
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– Elgin City FC (@ElginCityFC) March 2, 2021
Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy said the clubs hope to be back in league games “within a few weeks” – a view Tatters shares.
He said, “Definitely.
“We would certainly be looking for league games before the end of this month.
“We want to start training tomorrow evening (Thursday) when we can be tested.
“You have to be tested in order to train, that’s one of the new criteria.”
Elgin City has a lot to look forward to when the game resumes as it has been suspended since January 11th.
Borough Briggs’ side are second in the second division after nine games and have a home game against Ayr United in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday 23 March.
Tatters said: “The Scottish Cup is important to us.
“It’s more important because it’s usually a moneymaker to attract a crowd, but this is the big round for us because it’s really big sponsorship money afterwards if we can get through.
“We’ll try to survive this lap.
“Our boys trained throughout the suspension.
“You are fit and ready to go. We’ll be doing some spicy sessions over the next few weeks and getting started.
“We’re ready to rock and roll.
“It’s probably the best position we’ve been in after the first round of games in terms of position and the squad itself.
“We have a very good squad and play good football.
“The manager has put together a squad that is solid defensively.
“We may have relied a little on Kane Hester to score goals and if we can share that we should be fine.”