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It's tough to see how season can be ended, admits Dons ace Devlin



Solution struggles: Michael Devlin

Solution struggles: Michael Devlin

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Solution struggles: Michael Devlin

Michael Devlin admits 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 to resume at a later date.

The Scotland international said: "We as footballers would always rather finish the season. Certainly from an Aberdeen perspective we have got third place, or we had third place, to chase. If the league were to stop we relinquish our ability to change our position.

"But there is no outcome that pleases everybody. Everyone has to understand that, no matter what happens here, someone will feel hard done by.

"The overwhelming feeling, from my understanding, it's very difficult to see how the league will continue without disrupting next season.

"And I think that will be the priority. As much as we want to finish this season I'm not quite sure how we do that if we extend the season, with the added complication in Scotland that contracts expire at the end of May.

"To play into June and July, do we ask players to sign contract extensions? If a club haven't offered you a longer-term deal, do you sign a one-month extension to play a few games? What if you get injured? Who then looks after your rehab?

"It's a frightening time when you weigh up all the pros and cons to whatever the outcome is.

"Amongst the boys, everyone sees it as very difficult for the league to continue as it is."

Belfast Telegraph