Yoker boss Tommy Montgomery insists football must come second for the time being after the SJFA, SFA and SPFL moved to suspend all leagues across the country until further notice to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

The Scottish FA said it had made the decision in the interests of the health and safety of players, match officials, staff, supporters and the general public.

South of the border, top-level English football has been suspended until Friday, April 3 at the earliest due to Covid-19.

And, despite no set time being given in Scotland, Montgomery is working towards a return on that date until told otherwise.  

“It’s a tough time for everyone at the minute and that will include football clubs, their staff, players and the fans, but we’re happy to follow al medical advice given to us,” Monty told Post Sport.

“If a suspension is the best thing to do then we will go along with that decision. Football most definitely comes second at a time like this.

“We’re hoping to return to training next week at some point with a view to the games hopefully starting back again at the beginning of April, similar to the timeline down in England.

“We know that could all change, and it is day-to-day, but we’ll continue working towards that date and that goal.”

In terms of finance, a number of clubs across the juniors survive match-to-match through gate receipts. With no end date for the current suspension, clubs with a backlog of matches are now fearing for the worse.

Having played out the majority of their season before the crisis, Whe Ho only have six matches remaining, four of which are away from home.

And that, Monty believes, is what should hopefully help see the Holm Park club through this.

“I feel for the teams in our league and across the juniors who have a lot of games left to play and who will be relying on those as the major source of their income,” he said.

“We only have six league games to go so, for us at least, it shouldn’t be a major problem in terms of finances or disruption, but we know that’s not the case for a lot of teams.”

With league bosses meeting this week to draw up a plan on how best to continue or bring the season to a close, Montgomery says that both the Yoker board and the management team will accept any outcome.

He added: “The season could end up going well into June for all the teams, but, for us at least, we’ll take a bit of time out and continue to follow the advice from people more qualified. 

“We’ll be making sure the boys are all aware of the protocols and to remain cautious of the symptoms. That’s all we can do as a club at the moment. 

“It’s obviously an unprecedented situation so we’ll hopefully keep working away behind the scenes and make sure we’re ready when, or if, the league starts back up again.

“If the worst case scenario does play out then we have no issues in voiding the league and starting again - as disappointing as that will be.”

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