GREENOCK Juniors manager Thomas Molloy fears that his side could go under in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘Nock boss believes that there is great uncertainty surrounding the future of some junior clubs after the SFA ordered a blanket suspension for the foreseeable future on all footballing activity across the country.

With the club reliant on gate money, Molloy is concerned a significant break could spell the end for the Ravenscraig side.

He told the Tele: “One of the guys on the committee, he’s in touch with the SJFA and he was told on Monday to not play football of any kind until further notice.

"The further it goes on, the more bad news I think it will spell for some clubs, because everybody has games in hand. Some teams have as many as 16 games still to play.

“I’d rather people are safe, but we’re just looking for a bit of notice.

“People are reliant on gate money, there’s nothing coming in for anyone, so every team I think is going to struggle in some way, shape or form.

“It’s not as if it’s something that people have been able to prepare for either, because it’s just come out of the blue.

“There is a good chance that the club could go under because of this, because we could have no football for a good three or four months and this is when our sponsors come in massively.

“I don’t know the situation of other clubs but Inverclyde could potentially lose two teams because of this.

“We’re just looking for a bit of clarity from the SJFA, because they hadn’t really taken a stance on anything, but I do have a lot of sympathy for them, because it’s never happened before.

They can’t start second guessing anything that’s going to happen.”

The ‘Nock gaffer revealed that he has cancelled training this week in a bid to prevent his players or anyone associated with the club contracting the deadly virus.

He said: “I think everybody is in the same boat, in terms of wanting football to be played in some way, shape or form — but if people are passing away then that’s obviously more concerning. 

“In the grand scheme of things football isn’t that important.

“We’ve had to cancel training and just play it by ear because we don’t want to be taking any risks either and potentially having a player getting infected, which in turn could infect a whole family or multiple families.

“We’re at the stage of the season where fitness isn’t really an issue, so we’ve just cancelled training this week and will see where we are, but as we’ve seen it can all change in a few days.

“I think they’ll just take the lead from the SFA and if it takes three months not to play football, then so be it. That’s life and I’m fully expecting it.

“I was in touch with the squad at the weekend and said I’d be in touch the next time that we could train, let alone play.

“It would be horrible to lose the club, absolutely devastating, but nobody could’ve been prepped for this.

“I’m not going to argue that people should put their lives at risk for the sake of finishing fifth or sixth in a league either. We need to see what happens over the coming days.”