Nairn County chairman Donald Matheson says Covid testing remains the biggest obstacle for Highland League clubs to return to action.
Although the Championship, League One and League Two seasons will start on October 17, no date has been set for the return of Highland League football.
League secretary Rod Houston says he is encouraged by the Scottish government’s move into Phase 3 of exiting lockdown, and is hopeful of being able to move into Phase 4 by October.
Matheson says clubs like his own are reliant on testing measures being loosened in order for matches to be viable, with once-weekly testing estimated to cost £1,000.
Matheson said: “This season is going to be enough of a financial strain but trying to stick another £34,000 minimum on it, it’s just crazy.
“As soon as I heard Roy MacGregor at Ross County was getting a machine I made a couple of wee inquiries.
“Fair dues to him for offering it to local clubs, which I thought was really good of him.
“It’s not feasible for Highland League teams though – we just can’t afford something like that.
“We can’t go down the full route of getting testing done, it’s prohibitively expensive.”
Nairn have released a new away kit which marks the 100th anniversary of the club’s first silverware this year.
The predominantly black kit, with a yellow cross on the front, features the names of all players who played in the 1-0 final replay win over Buckie Thistle which secured the Elgin and District Cup.
Although Nairn were formed in 1914, the victory came just a year after Nairn had played their first game, and Matheson is keen to recognise the achievement.
He added: “We thought it would be nice to put the players’ names on the kit – it’s just a wee bit of history which we have marked. It makes it pretty unique, so I’m looking forward to seeing it getting played in.”