A LOT of work has been going on behind the scenes to make Cowdenbeath's framework as resilient as possible to the problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.

But the club's board is now hoping that the SFA and Scottish Professional Football League can map out a way ahead for the game in Scotland.

As the third successive Saturday without any play looms the Blue Brazil hope that something can be done to break the impasse that has been dominating the sport and leaving the 42 league clubs trying to find ways of plugging the huge holes that the shutdown has made in financial structures.

Cowdenbeath's directors have been working hard to plug the possible £50,000 plus gap a failure to play any of the club's four remaining home games would create.

Secretary David Allan said: "A lot of ways of securing a stream of income have been examined, and some put in place, but no matter what we do it will not replace the income that the last four league games would have generated through crowds and full hospitality suites.

"We have received a small payment from the SPFL of £1,300, and the end of season payment, which is significantly larger, will come in during May, but the big issue is firstly, what is going to happen with this season's league competitions; and secondly, what is the structure going to be for 20/21."

With the four divisions having eight games left to play there would need to be a three games a week programme used to get things completed and then it would be another two weeks of play to complete the various play-offs. So with any re-start it would take around six or seven weeks to complete the season.

Added Mr Allan: "Clubs really need to know, will there be a re-start and a projected date, or is the season going to be brought to a conclusion and how will promotion or relegation be achieved, if any?

"Clearly any decision to make the season completed with the games currently played would be controversial, but really we need to see some sort of path to be followed for the way ahead.

"Any change in the league structure would have to be the subject of a special meeting of clubs so there is lot to be considered."

Meanwhile Cowdenbeath are planning to tap into the Government plans to be able to pay 80 per cent of individual workers' wages of companies affected by the coronavirus crisis and this would help the club's position.

But Mr Allan added: "There certainly needs to be some way of finding a breathing space to allow clubs to be able to recover from the rigours of income flow being stopped in the way it was.

"There needs to be a lot of flexibility in the programme to take Scottish League football forward."