Stalybridge Celtic’s serious financial difficulties have been revealed by chairman and majority shareholder Rob Gorski.
Celtic have been forced to release a number of loan players as sizeable cuts have been made to the playing budget.
It has left Celtic being forced to promote academy players to the first-team squad, including teenage goalkeeper Aiden Winterbottom who made his debut in Saturday’s win at Evo Stik League, premier division leaders Altrincham.
Mr Gorski, in a statement to the Correspondent, said: “I think that it’s fair to say that we have struggled massively on the cash flow front this season. We’ve only had five home games sinceNovember 11 and due to weather problems, a lot of those Saturday home games, when we ordinarily have sponsors and a relatively healthy gate, have been moved to Tuesday’s where attendances are poor and there is no sponsorship, so that has hit the club hard.
“In addition, we obviously had a majorly disappointing first half of the season in terms of our performances and that resulted in a lot of the fans voting with their feet. Consequently, that has also hit the bottom line.
“However, the lads are a really talented group and that has been shown by our performances post-Christmas. We’re currently third in the form league and we’ve just won away at champions elect Altrincham on Saturday.
“We have to manage our way through the current predicament and start planning for next season. We would very much like to keep the vast majority of the current squad because we continue to believe in their undoubted ability. “