Scotland’s top clubs can learn a lesson or two from the country’s non-league sides, according to one team representative.
Andrew Renwick, the Scottish FA rep of East of Scotland League outfit Whitehill Welfare, thinks clubs in the lower ranks are getting things right off the pitch - and reaping the benefits with fans turning out to watch.
With cash concerns flooding the top clubs in Scotland in the wake of Rangers’ liquidation, he said it is time for clubs to re-assess their position in the world of football.
Hailing from the small town of Rosewell in Midlothian, Whitehill are active in the local community and bring in punters to watch their team competing against the likes of Spartans and Edinburgh City.
It is a model which serves many small town clubs well and Renwick believes that the current problems in the game could convince bigger sides to adopt the practice.
Describing the non-league game in Scotland, he said: “I think there are more people finding that that is the football they want to watch.
“The clubs live within their means, so it is a good grain of football to watch.
“I think this is the way that some of these premier league clubs should go. They have to become community clubs and realise that maybe they aren’t global brands after all.”
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