Stark warn­ing to Jags and Kilby as re-start plans set

East Kilbride News - - THE BACK PAGE - PAUL THOM­SON

The chair­man of the West of Scot­land League has warned clubs that their bid to start the new season could be scup­pered if they don’t strictly ad­here to Covid-19 pro­to­cols.

Dave McKenna told the News that the WOSL and the Low­land League – along with clubs in the south and the east – are tar­get­ing an Oc­to­ber 10 kick-off for the 2020/21 cam­paign.

But McKenna, who is also club sec­re­tary at Low­land League East Kil­bride, has stressed clubs like his and WOSL side EK This­tle must be able to show they can com­ply with Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment pro­to­cols if they are to kick-off on the pro­vi­sional date.

He said:“We are in dis­cus­sions with the SFA about Oc­to­ber 10 and it’s at the early stages at the minute.

“We are hop­ing to start on Oc­to­ber 10 and that’s a date based on what the SFA have said about con­tact train­ing and ar­rang­ing friendly games.

“At the end of the day, it’s all con­di­tional.

“Dis­cus­sions right now are mainly about the pro­to­cols to be put in place so ev­ery­one can be as­sured that we are

do­ing things safely.

“All clubs need to show that they can stick to the rules. Clubs can’t wait for these dates to come around.

“Pro­to­cols need to be in place, so that when those dates do come around we can show that peo­ple are com­ply­ing with them.”

Scot­tish football has been rocked by two pos­i­tive Covid-19 tests at Premier­ship side Aberdeen, where a to­tal of eight players have been forced to self-iso­late.

And on Tues­day it was re­vealed Celtic star Boli Bolin­goli broke strict coro­n­avirus rules af­ter trav­el­ling to Spain and fail­ing to quar­an­tine him­self for 14 days on his re­turn, lead­ing to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment warn­ing sport in the coun­try could be paused as a re­sult.

McKenna added: “The is­sue with our plans to re­turn is that we must make sure all pro­to­cols are in place and players don’t end up do­ing what they shouldn’t. If that hap­pens in any num­bers, the whole thing could get pulled.”

Look­ing to re­turn East Kil­bride This­tle on their last out­ing on March 8 this year, when they took on Wishaw

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