Anxious Premiership clubs will hold a Covid-19 crisis summit next week.
It comes amid fears of an ‘existential threat’ to the professional game.
One top-flight big hitter fears the season is unlikely to be completed if the turnstiles remain locked for six more months.
A Record Sport special investigation revealed growing concerns of an imminent catastrophic financial collapse following the introduction of a new raft of coronavirus restrictions.
English clubs are hopeful of a £500million bailout after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned fans could be locked out of grounds until April 2021.
But we revealed that some of the biggest clubs in Scotland face being pushed to the wall before Christmas unless they receive urgent bailouts from our government.
Our startling research sparked crunch talks between Holyrood and Hampden on Wednesday – as all 12 Premiership clubs rallied together in a bid to avert a potential disaster.
As the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at Westminster backed the fight for special funding for English clubs, Holyrood chiefs told Record Sport they will hold urgent discussions with Downing Street over securing a financial lifeline for Scotland.
Premiership clubs will formalise their position during the talks early next week as football scrambles to save itself from a death by a thousand cuts.
One senior club chief executive told us: “The special investigation by the Daily Record hit the nail on the head.
“We are now facing an existential threat to the future of the professional game in this country.
“As a result, today all 12 Premiership clubs will attend an emergency meeting early next week to discuss the best way forward. All of the major investors in the game will take part as we are aware of what is now at stake.
“Obviously, part of the agenda will centre around the possibility of a safe return of fans. But this is now looking more and more remote.
“If it is the case that no fans can return to our stadia then we will need urgent intervention.
“Some of the biggest clubs in the country are now in a perilous financial position and in desperate need of assistance from the government.”
Our investigation also raised fears that Scotland’s three lower leagues may not kick-off as planned on October 17 with one Championship CEO warning that, even if the second tier does get up and running on schedule, a raft of clubs would be unable to survive without help from Holyrood.
But another Premiership chief outlined his fears over the top flight being completed.
He said: “We’re looking at a crisis situation in the top flight, never mind the lower divisions.
“Without the return of fans or financial help from the government there is little to no chance that all 12 Premiership clubs will be in a position to see out the season.
“In fact, there is a danger some of us won’t make it to the end of this year. That’s how critical the whole issue has become.
“We have to shout for help as loudly as we can because if we don’t do it now then very soon it may be too late.”
Holyrood chiefs are eager to help.
A Scottish government spokesperson said: “We recognise this has been an enormously challenging time for football and we don’t want supporters to be delayed in returning to stadiums for any longer than absolutely necessary.
“However, as the First Minister said, the virus has not gone away. Minister for Sport Joe FitzPatrick has written to his UK counterpart Nigel Huddlestone seeking an urgent meeting to discuss financial recovery support for sport, and the Scottish government will continue to work closely with the governing bodies of
football to ensure its long-term sustainability.”
SFA president Rod Petrie, said: “It’s incumbent on us to safeguard the futures of our clubs.”
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster added: “We welcome the Scottish government’s intervention in seeking urgent discussions about a package of financial recovery for Scottish sport.”