Scottish League 1 matches will resume by third week in March says club chairman

A League 1 chairman claimed on Wednesday morning that there is “close to zero chance” of the disrupted 2020-21 season being scrapped.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 10:54 am
Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that Scottish teams below the Championship could resume training and subsequently play matches subject to testing being in place, League 1 and 2 clubs held a meeting on Tuesday evening discussing their plans for resumption.

And Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy revealed that clubs DO have the finances required to carry out weekly coronavirus testing on their playing squads.

McMenemy, speaking on national radio, predicted that league matches would resume within two weeks.

Amid reports that some teams would prefer the season to be cancelled, with fewer than half of the 27-game campaign played so far, McMenemy says "every option is being reviewed" but "there is an absolute desire among the clubs to get back to as many games as possible".

He added: "I think there's close to zero chance of the season being scrapped. We've had money from government and James Anderson and that will be used to make sure we have full testing in place.

"I think we’re realistically looking at the second or third week into March (for a resumption). Probably the third week into March before we’d be back playing.”

McMenemy said that all who attended Tuesday’s meeting – representatives from each League 1 and League 2 club – would need to speak to their own boards to see when they could get up and running.