FRASER WISHART, the PFA Scotland chief executive, fears most players will have to face up to lengthy periods out of work.

Squad turnovers have been increasingly high at most clubs in recent summers while some part-time outfits will not have any players contracted beyond June 9.

With football worldwide in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is confusion over what the future holds for everyone connected with the sport.

After detailing a survey showing his members’ desire for league reconstruction, Wishart, speaking to Sky Sports News, admitted: “I’ve seen articles in various newspapers about players out of contract in the Premiership. It can be anything between 12 and 15 at some of the clubs.

“That would have happened, anyway, but the issue over the summer is the uncertainty. A lot of these players might have got a contract, say, in July, but if we don’t know when the season is starting, the worry is a longer period out of work.

“I would think you could say that the majority of players, more than half the players in the country, will be out of contract in the summer.

“Until we find more certainty to it – and we’re in the hands of government, scientists and medical people – then it’s going to be a rough ride for a lot of our members over the summer.”


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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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