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LENNON’S SOS

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NEIL LENNON fears Scottish football faces a battle to survive.

The Celtic boss has sent out an SOS to Save Our Soccer in the midst of the uncertainty and chaos that have been brought the game to an emergency halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The eight-in-a-row champions are better equipped than most other clubs to come through the financial crisis that has already seen Hearts, who don’t know which division they will be playing in next season, ask their players to take a 50 per cent wage cut.

Aberdeen have warned of a £5 million black hole while Hibs are negotiating cash-saving measures with their playing staff as the top-flight clubs struggle to come to terms of weeks and, possibly months, without revenue from all aspects.

Lennon, speaking to the Scottish Sun, admitted: “Do I have sympathy for the clubs and people in football? Definitely.

“There are great guys out there throughout the game and plenty of good football people.

“So, it is important we keep these clubs afloat and we maintain the Scottish game as it is because it is strong.

“Or it was strong until this current situation arose.

“It was a really good product we have had for the size of the country. So, we must try all we can to keep it that way.

“All the clubs want the season finished and all the countries and associations want that. We’re no different.

“But we can’t put dates on things and a lot of clubs are going to need financial support from associations.”

The Hoops gaffer, with his team on the brink of a phenomenal and unprecedented quadruple treble, insisted everyone wants the season to be completed on the pitch.

Lennon added: “It’s too hard to predict what will happen. We will be guided by the government and our football associations.

“We’re just working day to day. You can’t have a fixed date in mind for anything at the moment as it’s impossible to know.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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