By the end of this weekend more than £90,000 of Scottish football’s money will have been paid to teams from outwith the country in the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup.
The third round of cross border competition takes place this weekend.
The tournament which used to be for Scottish clubs outwith the top flight now features sides from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
With money being at a premium in Scottish football, clubs are concerned by the amount of cash not reaching Scottish clubs as a result of teams from other countries being involved.
In the competition, teams who have to travel from Scotland, England or Wales to Northern or the Republic of Ireland or vice-versa receive a £10,000 travel subsidy.
While sides who don’t have to cross the Irish Sea, but still have a round trip of more than 500 miles receive £3,500.
That meant that in the second round of the Irn-Bru Cup £10,000 was paid to Northern Irish team Crusaders and Bohemians from the Republic of Ireland.
Connah’s Quay Nomads from Wales and English National League team Sutton United received £3,500 each.
In the second round, defeated teams were paid £6,000 in prize money with Boreham Wood of England, Welsh team The New Saints and Crusaders all receiving that amount.
It means in the first round £45,000 from a Scottish competition was paid to teams from outwith the country.
In this weekend’s third round, Sutton together with Sligo Rovers from the Irish Republic and Northern Irish team Coleraine will all receive the £10,000 travel payment.
And due to the nature of the draw at least two non-Scottish sides will exit the competition and receive £8,000 in prize money making it £91,000 from a Scottish competition going to non-Scottish clubs as a result of the Irn-Bru Cup format.
There is also the possibility that another non-Scottish team could be knocked out this weekend which would increase the figure to £99,000.
Clubs are concerned by the figures and Peterhead’s general manager Martin Johnston said: “At Peterhead we’re concerned by the large quantities of money going out of the Scottish game.
“To be fair, in some respects it’s about the luck of the draw because some Scottish teams have received the £10,000 travel payment.
“But there are fixtures coming up where neither of the two clubs are Scottish and there’s £10,000 in travel being paid out and prize money to the team that is knocked out.
“None of that goes to Scottish clubs and there’s not a lot of money in Scottish football anyway.
“We have our own gripe that due to circumstances outwith our control we had a heavy policing bill for our second-round tie with Bohemians at Balmoor which had to be deducted from out share of the gate – not the overall share, but our share of the gate money.
“Due to police intelligence there was a heavy police presence at the game and we had a hefty policing bill which had to be taken off our share.
“We set aside 15% of the game for stewarding, but because the game was segregated the 15% didn’t cover the stewarding bill never mind the police.
“We wouldn’t have had that bill if we hadn’t been playing a non-Scottish team.”