Neil Lennon has admitted Scottish football faces a massive fight to stay strong through the coronavirus crisis.
The Celtic boss is immensely proud of the game and the powerful product in this country. But Lennon is fully aware the pandemic could have a catastrophic effect on its wellbeing.
Clubs are facing deep financial trouble due to the shutdown with measures being implemented throughout the country to stave off a cash meltdown. Lennon hopes everyone in football can manage to battle their way through the crisis and somehow come out the other side without that strength being badly weakened by the current problems.
And the Hoops gaffer feels sympathy at the plight of fellow clubs and professionals.
Lennon said: “Definitely. There are great guys out there and good football people.
“So it is important that we keep these clubs afloat and we maintain the Scottish game as it is because it is strong – or it was strong until this.
“It was a really good product for the size of the country and we must try to keep it that way if we can.
“We’re just working day to day. You can’t have a fixed date in mind as it’s impossible to know.
“All the clubs want the season finished and all the countries and the associations want that. We’re no different.
“But we can’t put dates on things and a lot of clubs are going to need financial remuneration from associations eventually.”
Lennon is in limbo at the moment with football taking a back seat.
And he has joined with the rest of the population in concentrating his efforts towards backing the frontline workers and services who are trying to pull the country through the crisis.
With lives at stake across the globe there can be no set dates for sport to return and the Parkhead manager fully understands priorities lie away from the game right now.
He said: “I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few weeks. It’s too hard to predict.
“There is no point in me coming out and saying this, that and the other as we just don’t know.
“We will be guided by the government and the associations.”
Players are on lockdown at the moment and, as well as being unable to train their troops, managers are also in no position to make precise forward plans regarding squads and transfers.
As well as trying to reschedule the calendar, FIFA and UEFA are having to try to put plans together for an altered transfer window that can help countries to get their seasons finished.
Loan players may be allowed to stay at their current bases.
And out-of-contract players may have their deals extended until there is a conclusion to the crisis.
Lennon has players such as Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan from Southampton.
And other stars such as Craig Gordon and Jonny Hayes are coming to the end of their current agreements.
However, the Celtic boss admits his hands are tied in such matters at the moment.
Lennon added: “We can speak with them.
“But in terms of what we can do going forward we don’t really know what we can and can’t do as yet as the season is yet to finish.
“There are so many imponderables. I keep hearing that word ‘unprecedented’ being used a lot.
“But it’s the perfect word for the situation that we find ourselves in as there are so many different outcomes and circumstances which could happen.”