BBC journalist Tom English and Guardian reporter Ewan Murray have cast doubt on the clubs in the Scottish Premiership voting for the SPFL’s stated proposals, on Twitter this afternoon.
The SPFL board recommended yesterday that the Championship, League One and League Two be declared over for the 2019/20 season, with the Premiership to follow if football cannot be resumed.
Positions would be determined on a points per game basis, to take into account lopsided games played, with promotion, relegation and league titles to apply.
It would all mean that Celtic would be able to win the title over the remaining eight games or else simply be declared champions.
Previous reports indicated that the SPFL had confidence in their proposals passing (The Guardian), but it now seems doubt is creeping into that appraisal.
Ewan Murray, The Guardian’s Scottish football correspondent, tweeted: “This is subject to ongoing negotiation, obviously, but it’s now far from certain the SPFL has enough support to pass its resolution… including in the top flight.”
This is subject to ongoing negotiation, obviously, but it's now far from certain the SPFL has enough support to pass its resolution… including in the top flight.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) April 9, 2020
Chief Sports Writer at BBC Scotland, Tom English, would go on to tease in reply: “Serious negotiation going on. Currently, it fails I think. But…”
Serious negotiation going on. Currently, it fails I think. But…
— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) April 9, 2020
Currently then, it seems that there is a long way to go before the SPFL proposals go through and we get a bit of clarity about how Scottish football might proceed.
Clubs such as Hearts and Rangers have already signalled their intent to reject the plans, even offering a counter-proposal to pay out prize money in advance of any sporting decisions.
There is a deadline of 17:00 on Friday for clubs to vote and nine of those are needed in the Premiership, eight in the Championship, as well as 15 between Leagues One and Two.
A decision is expected to be announced next week.