Stuart Cameron could only dream about being Scottish football’s star man.
But after a journeyman career as a part-time pro, the health and safety expert could become our game’s biggest signing as he plots the Scottish Premiership’s Project Restart.
With England’s Premier League targeting June 19 as a possible date to return to competitive action, Cameron insists our own top flight won’t be far behind.
With a background in decommissioning nuclear power plants and being responsible for the health and safety at a US Army base, tackling the coronavirus is his latest challenge.
Cameron is in talks with several top-flight clubs over best practice to get back into the dressing room and he revealed his master plan on how to safely return players to pitches and get the sport back up and running.
He said: “This pandemic has created high risk working conditions which require solutions and that’s been my role in a variety of posts in the last 15 years.
“I was stationed with the US military in Kuwait and responsible for the on-site safety of the personnel both civilian and military and I’ve been involved in nuclear decommissioning at plants so the coronavirus presents another health and safety challenge.
“It’s unprecedented in many aspects but over the last few months we’ve looked at ways to accelerate an action plan which is workable within football and we are now ready to roll it out.
“We have been liaising with a number of clubs including Celtic and Aberdeen who are looking at our proposals with a view to reopening our game.
“It’s about sanitising every element within football both in training and games and making it as practical as possible. Footballers and everyone who works within a club and those providing a function within stadiums need to have the confidence that the environment is a safe one.
“The health and safety plan works alongside the government guidelines and we will have more information on those this week.”
Cameron’s Total Health and Safety firm have sourced 100,000 test kits which are ready to go for the good of our game as well as other hi-tech gadgets which will be crucial.
He said: “Social distancing should be applied where possible, PPE is also a vital part of the strategy and much of these guidelines have already been put in place by Holyrood health advisers.
“Infrared goggles which can detect temperature, special bags which players can place things such as mobile phones to become sanitised as well as other apparatus are set to go.
“We have a back-to-work plan for all the clubs. It’s a range of issues such as how players gather, what is the transport provision to get players to and from games and training?
“How do players and staff commune together, how does all of the interaction take place safely and what are the risks?
“All of that needs to be addressed and it’s all about testing and sanitising.
“The first thing to establish is to test every player, staff member and referee to ensure nobody is carrying the virus.
“All of the footballs will be sprayed with a disinfectant, they will be placed around the pitch and sanitised at half-time and full-time. If the testing is applied then we can be confident.
“It all requires discipline. If we’re given the green light to start working with clubs next week then we should be in a position to safely play games behind closed doors by the start of August.”