Johnstone Burgh boss Jamie McKim insists football will take a back seat for as long as it has to after the SJFA, in line with the SFA and SPFL, indefinitely suspended all matches across the country to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

Following the Scottish government’s decision to ban all public gatherings of more than 500 people and with the Covid-19 pandemic escalating, the authorities in Scottish football met last Friday before coming to the decision to put a halt to all matches at all levels.

And with the SJFA affiliated and closely linked to the SFA, the West Region league has followed suit with the game’s most senior league by temporarily calling off all matches.

“I don’t think those in charge had much choice and I fully support the decision,” McKim told Gazette Sport.

“The health of my team, the staff, the committee and supporters at the club is of the upmost importance, so football, rightfully, takes a back seat.

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“As a club, we’ve also got to look at the football side of things and that is a real worry too.

“I totally understand why the decision has been made, but I still worry for the club from a football perspective at the same time.

“A lot has been made of our fixture backlog and the remaining 15 matches so I have absolutely no idea how this will play out. 

“Even a slight delay like another postponement or two would have caused havoc with our schedule - this is much more than a slight delay.

“It’s all completely up in the air and I have no clue how it will play out. 

“I really don’t know how we’re going to finish the season. I’m pretty sure something will be arranged and we will finish the season somehow, but I have no idea how.

“I hope we can find a way to play out the rest of the matches into late June or July, but that’s another conversation. First and foremost we need to look after everyone’s health and focus on the football once we know where we stand with this pandemic.“I hope we can finish the campaign, but I hope it’s done sensibly and without taking any risks.

“The truth is, I don’t know how the club will cope with this financially as it’s unprecedented.”

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