Aberdeen have lost out on almost £250,000 to Motherwell in SPFL payments because they were a point behind the Steelmen when football went into indefinite shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has made advanced payments to the country’s 42 senior clubs as they attempt to navigate Covid-19. Although the payments are due to be delivered in April, it is understood the cash has begun to appear club bank accounts.
The top three in the Premiership, Celtic, Rangers and ‘Well will each receive £395,000 plus VAT.
The other nine teams in the top flight, including Aberdeen, will each be paid £157,500 plus VAT.
That is a drop in £237,500 in payments between the third-placed Steelmen and fourth-placed Dons.
The Reds had been due to face Motherwell in the Premiership on Friday March 13 and a win would have leap-frogged the Reds into third and in line for that bigger SPFL payment.
However, that game was postponed. All Scottish football was subsequently suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus.
Championship clubs are due to be paid £26,500 plus VAT, League One clubs like Peterhead will be paid £2,700 plus VAT, while League Two clubs like Cove Rangers get £1,350 plus VAT.
The next payments to clubs are the final end-of-season rewards for league placings, but it is unclear when those will be paid because of the continuing uncertainty over when the season will end.