The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Devlin: We just can’t see season finishing


Mikey Devlin says he and his Aberdeen team-mates are struggling to see how the season can be finished.

The defender and his Dons colleagues had already travelled to face Motherwell when Scottish football was suspended on the day of their crucial Ladbrokes Premiershi­p fixture on March 13.

Aberdeen were looking to leapfrog Well into third spot but Devlin accepts that chance might have gone completely.

Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, has predicted restrictio­ns on movement will be needed for “at least 13 weeks”, virtually ruling out Uefa’s ambition to see domestic leagues completed by June 30.

And Devlin feels there will be too many complicati­ons in trying

“There is no outcome that will please everybody”

to resume the season at a later date.

The Scotland internatio­nal said: “There is no outcome that pleases everybody.

“No matter what happens someone will feel hard done by.

“The overwhelmi­ng feeling, from my understand­ing, is that it’s very difficult to see how the league will continue without disrupting next season.

“As much as we want to finish this season I’m not sure how we do that if we extend it.

“To play into June and July, do we ask players to sign contract extensions?

“If a club haven’t offered you a longerterm deal do you sign a one-month extension to play a few games. What if you get injured?

“Who then looks after your rehab? There are a lot of things to consider.”

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