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Scottish football's Joint Response Group to meet with SPFL League One and Two working group tomorrow to discuss next steps towards completing or cancelling the current season


By Craig Christie

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UNCERTAINTY remains over the fate of the Highland League and junior football season.

A huge doubt hangs over Highland League football's season reaching a conclusion. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
A huge doubt hangs over Highland League football's season reaching a conclusion. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Scottish football's Joint Response Group - which includes key figures from the Scottish FA and SPFL - remain tight-lipped on how this season will unfold following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement on Tuesday.

While the go-ahead was given for non-contact sport for the 12 to 17 age group to resume next month, no updated information was given on the possible resumption of senior sport, including football.

The SPFL's Premiership and Championship divisions are ongoing, with Covid testing at all fixtures, but play has been suspended in all other levels since January 11.

A working group set up by clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 will meet with the Joint Response Group tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss some of the grey areas which remain following the Scottish Government announcement.

A spokesperson for the JRG said: "We await further clarification from ministers in the coming days on the implications for Scottish football at all levels, including leagues and clubs currently under the Scottish FA suspension and the wider grassroots game.

"We will provide a more detailed update when ministers outline the road map for affected areas of Scottish football.

"The JRG is committed to working with government to ensure the national game is primed to return within the ‘progressive easing’ timeline announced (yesterday)."

The Highland and Lowland Leagues are also set to hold talks with the Joint Response Group in an effort to determine whether their seasons can continue or be declared null-and-void.

The current suspension of all football below Championship level was extended earlier this month, with an update on the situation expected on March 1.


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