It seems like most of the bickering about the decision to end the Scottish Premiership season has started to fizzle out, although there’s still the odd murmur.
Almost all of the attention was on Celtic, the Rangers and Hearts as they tried to decide what to do with the title and relegation, but it sounds like it may have affected players from other clubs too.
The Daily Record has looked at some comments from former St Johnstone player Danny Swanson, who appears to be suggesting this has impacted him in his attempts to get a new contract with The Saints:
“They took so long to tell us – just end the league, because it wasn’t going to go back to playing it. Just end it so boys can get an opportunity to go and speak to clubs and stuff, and clubs know what league they’ll be in.”
“I just felt they were taking so long, I don’t think they care about the St Johnstones and stuff like that, I think it was more the big clubs.”
“All this is a lot of rubbish, just make a decision and give us a chance to sort our futures out.”
He does go on to say that he feels Celtic were right to be awarded the title and clearly he feels that this should’ve been decided much sooner, so he can probably thank the pathetic stance taken by the Rangers for that one.
It’s also worth looking at his own situation and wondering if he’s trying to pass the blame to someone else. He’s been out of form for a while and didn’t feature much for Tommy Wright’s side this season, so it seemed inevitable that he would be released anyway.
On top of that he’s walked out on St Johnstone twice in the past only to come scurrying back when things didn’t work out at Hearts or Hibs, so he’s benefited from running his contract down in the past.
Clearly the situation hasn’t helped a lot of players and clubs and it did reflect badly on the league, although it’s fairly clear which club does deserve most of the blame for that.