Thistle sign up to Friday football
In attempt to boost its flagging fortunes, Scottish football is experimenting with Friday night games and the first one is tonight between Partick Thistle and Morton.
The club have had to address a parlous financial situation in recent seasons, and have even lowered the number of police at Firhill on match days in order to lower costs. That has led chairman David Beattie to paint a rather bleak picture for the future of first division clubs.
He told the Glagsow Herald, 'I think part-time football, for all first division clubs based on where we are just now, is probably a reality. If numbers keep falling and income streams keep falling, things have to change. It is not the football clubs who will decide that, it is the fans coming through the turnstiles and sponsors.'
'Finance will dictate the way forward and, unless something changes, that could be a future. That is a worry, because our intention is to remain a full-time club but finances will dictate that.'