Labour Party leaders have met with football fans to discuss what support the sport needs.
Sir Keir Starmer, Richard Leonard and Angela Rayner spoke to members of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) on Thursday in an online session.
The party is calling for a “Scottish football aid fund” to help parts of the sport threatened by the pandemic.
Matches are still being played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions, with the lack of ticket income hitting clubs’ finances.
Scottish Labour leader Mr Leonard said: “Having this event with the Scottish Football Supporters Association was vital to get the view from grassroots fans about the crisis facing our national sport and the support that’s needed to secure the future of it.
“Long-established Scottish football clubs are already facing a genuine threat to their existence.
“Only last weekend, we heard the sad news about the decision of Shotts Bon Accord Football Club to withdraw from league football this season.”
National party leader Sir Keir said: “Scottish Labour has rightly called for the launch of a Scottish football aid fund to provide emergency support for clubs that have been left on the brink of collapse due to the absence of crowds and associated lost matchday income.
“With parts of the national game in such crisis, it was crucial for us today to meet and listen to the SFSA, the voice of fans in Scotland.
“Their voice must be carefully listened to by ministers, particularly over their call for support to keep clubs and key parts of the grassroots game afloat.”
Angela Rayner, UK Labour’s deputy leader, said she is a “proud fan” of her local non-league team Ashton United FC.
She said: “The representatives of fans we spoke to told us that they are determined to fight to protect grassroots football and keep our local clubs alive during its greatest challenge in decades.
“As a proud fan of my local non-league club, I know that our local clubs are the beating heart of our national game, and Labour in all parts of the UK stands with fans in this fight.”