Willie Haughey, one of Scotland’s wealthiest businessman, has offered to provide millions of pounds to ensure Hampden Park remains the home of the Scottish national soccer team, according to the Daily Mail.
The news comes after the Scottish Football Association (SFA) was last week forced to delay a decision on whether to move Scotland’s home matches from Hampden to Murrayfield from 2020.
The SFA has made ownership of Hampden a non-negotiable condition of remaining at the Glasgow venue and spurning a move to the national rugby union stadium in Edinburgh. However, negotiations between the governing body and Queen’s Park, the fourth-tier club who own the 52,000-seater stadium, have hit stumbling blocks over the price.
Despite Queen’s Park lowering their original asking price from UK£6 million to UK£5 million, the SFA has only upped its opening offer from UK£2 million to UK£2.8 million.
With the two parties still nearly UK£2.5 million apart in their valuations, the Daily Mail reports that Haughey, who is chairman of City Facilities Management Holdings, is willing to bridge the financial difference.
SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell has said that a final decision ‘will have a significant bearing’ on Scottish soccer, which informed the governing body’s move to ask for additional information from both Queen’s Park and Scottish Rugby to ‘allow a final decision to be made’.
A final outcome remains unlikely before Scotland play their opening Uefa Nations League game against Alabania on 10th September at Hampden, which has hosted national team games since 1906.