Scottish Football clubs in receipt of interest free loans: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

The following Scottish Football Clubs received interest free loans from the Scottish Government to help with the effects of Covid - 19

  • Aberdeen
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • Hibernian
  • Kilmarnock
  • Motherwell
  • Rangers
  • Ross County
  • St Mirren

How much is still owed to the Scottish Government by each team as of 1 August 2023 ?


As of the beginning of August, the position is as below:


Balance Remaining



Heart of Midlothian

No loan issued.









Ross Country


St. Mirren


It is the intention of the Scottish Government to gradually switch from the initial schedule of monthly repayments to a single annual payment in September of each year with the aim of simplifying administration and improving the cashflow position of clubs at minimal cost to the Scottish Government, and as an alternative to delaying the final repayment of the loans should this be requested by clubs.

One or more of the clubs above may therefore have switched to a monthly repayment schedule, which would impact their repayments to date.

All clubs are currently up to date with payments as set out in the original loan agreement or in subsequent amendments to that agreement.

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