Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has written to every Scottish Premiership club, the SPFL board and Scottish FA in an effort to delay any decision on calling the league over until a full study is completed on the feasibility of completing the 2019/20 season, The Press and Journal report.
Ten of the twelve clubs in the top-flight voted to call the current campaign on an average points basis should it become impossible to resume league matches.
Aberdeen now want their own study on the matter to be taken into account on that latter point, hoping that every opportunity is explored to finish the full 38 games.
As quoted by The Press and Journal, the letter reads in part: “We urge the board to wait until the consultation can be informed by the outcome of our work.
“In discussions with colleague clubs, there appears to be a strong desire to at least investigate how we can deliver this while protecting as far as possible the integrity of season 2020-21 commencement and the broadcasting and commercial commitments that go side by side with this.
“There are many reasons to explore solutions for fulfilling the remaining League matches, not least maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition, the fulfilment by clubs to their supporters of season ticket value, likewise clubs’ sponsors and partners, minimising the risk to our central broadcasting and sponsorship contracts, and finally satisfying UEFA that our best endeavours have been made to complete our season and maintaining Scottish clubs’ presence in European competition.
“Given the significance of all of these issues to the future prospects of the SPFL’s top tier clubs and their ultimate survival, we are engaged on a piece of work which is designed to demonstrate the practicality – or otherwise – of holding games later in the year in the circumstances likely to be prevailing at that time in Scotland.”
Celtic have already made clear that the preference of the league leaders is to complete the full season’s schedule, so no doubt we would be very interested in the results of Aberdeen’s work.
It was a point that manager Neil Lennon reiterated this week, pushing back against the narrative that the Hoops are desperate to be named title winners without kicking another ball.
Clearly there are major hurdles to overcome before football returns but Aberdeen’s stance is pragmatic and welcome, especially after recent outbursts from Rangers and Hearts.
From my point of view, it seems likely that the season is indeed over.
However, if the Dons want to go the extra mile in order to come to that conclusion, or otherwise, it should be welcomed by all parties that they’ve written to.