Scottish football pundit Andy Walker has made a grim prediction about this season, Sky Sports reports.

Walker believes that every team in Scotland is likely to have to deal with the coronavirus at some stage of the season.

The pundit made the comments after the Scottish Sun reported on Tuesday of Hamilton having to cancel training after having four positive virus tests.

Walker says that the virus is a problem that clubs will have to find a way to deal with this season.

“The harsh reality is that this is a very unpredictable virus. It’s inevitable that players will test positive again this season and miss games” Walker said, writing in his column on the Sky Sports website.

“Every club is likely to be affected at some point” he said.

“Learn to live with the virus”

“I think there must come a point when we have to learn to live with the virus and do the best we can in football – if the season is to be completed” he concluded.

Walker’s conclusion might make for grim reading, but he also could be correct.

It is probably likely that most, if not every team in Scottish football will have to deal with the virus. This could occur either directly or indirectly.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Steven Davis of Rangers and Christopher Jullien of Celtic challenge for the ball during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

How Scottish football deals with the virus though, is the big issue. There really isn’t time for lots of games to be called off.

 

If a team had a number of games postponed due to a virus outbreak they would find it difficult to make up the fixtures before the end of the season.

SFA may need to think of a plan

The Scottish Football Association has to think of a plan in the case of the season having to come to a halt early, like it did last season.

It seems that this football season, just like last season, will be dominated to a large extent by how to deal with the virus.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 30: Josh Doig of Hibernian FC is hot on the heels of Matthew Kennedy of Aberdeen FC during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian FC and Aberdeen FC at Easter Road on August 30, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Walker’s comment about learning to live with the virus does sound grim. However, it is what people have been doing since March, with no end in sight at the moment.

Hopefully it is contained in Scottish football, and the season can be completed. Obviously there will be some bumps in the road.

However, the authorities must find a way to deal with the issues that will inevitably rear their head. If that can happen, then barring another lockdown, the season should be completed in Scotland.

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