Hamilton Accies chairman Allan Maitland has expressed his concern over the cost of coronavirus testing required to re-start the Scottish Premiership.

The SPFL are keen for the top flight to resume behind closed doors in August with the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

Accies have survived for the sixth straight season in the top flight after finishing 11th last term.

But football's return in Scotland will be reliant on thousands of pound being spent on players and staff being tested before matches.

Testing costs for players will run into thousands of pounds

Maitland, who revealed earlier this week that Accies have a squad of 29 signed up for next season, believes the current costs being quoted of £125 per player will be prohibitive for many clubs.

He told Lanarkshire Live Sport: "There seems to be a desire for the season to start at some time in August, so on that basis we will be training at some time in July.

"It could be training in August and starting some time in September.

"But it all depends on the level of testing that is required for each player.

"They are talking about tests costing £125 per player.

"And in our situation that would be times 29 players for us, twice a week.

"It doesn't take a genius to work out that is a huge amount of money.

"When you add 10 of your staff on top of that, it is a significant amount of money.

"Where that money is going to come from when there's no income coming through the door remains to be seen.

"So there's a lot of work to be done before the season starts for all clubs."

Although uncertainty remains around Accies' return to the pitch, the club have secured the services of key players for another campaign.

Among the 29 players gaffer Brian Rice has signed up are forwards Marios Ogkmpoe and David Moyo, who scored some big goals from Accies.

And Maitland heaped praise on the strike duo.

"Until the season ended, Moyo and Ogkmpoe were excellent," Maitland said.

"The two of them were playing as a front two and were excellent at Ibrox, did well for us against Kilmarnock, so we've rewarded them by extending their contracts for another year.

Moyo celebrates his winner against Rangers in March

"We've got David Templeton and Andrew Winters playing just behind them, if you like, as well so we've got options up front.

"We might be a wee bit short in the middle of the park, but that's something we'll look at nearer the time."