Former Celtic man Davie Provan thinks SPFL chief exec Neil Doncaster shouldn’t worry about the opposition from Rangers or Hearts when it comes to ending the season, writing in his Scottish Sun column.
Reports over the weekend have suggested that league bosses are considering calling an end to the 2019/20 season and declaring Celtic as champions.
However, it’s also been suggested that will provoke a furious response from Rangers and Hearts, neither of whom gain many benefits from such action (The Daily Record).
Provan though thinks Doncaster’s main concern is UEFA, who have reacted poorly to the Belgian top-flight’s decision to do similar.
The Sky Sports pundit thinks if he wanted to, the SPFL chief could entirely brush aside any threat of legal action from clubs like the Ibrox side.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “With the null and void route never an option, crowning Celtic would have brought him some grief, but nothing he couldn’t have handled.
“Legal threats from Rangers and Hearts could safely have been ignored.
“Prize money would have been dished out, clubs could have started shifting season books and corporate boxes for next season and the start date for the next television contract would have been unaffected.
“Instead, Doncaster has become a hostage of Uefa’s big five leagues who need to complete their fixtures.”
With meetings at Hampden due to take place early this week, we could soon have much more clarity on how things will proceed in Scottish football over the next few months.
Hopefully, the SPFL show real leadership and go against the wishes of UEFA or bigger leagues around the continent and forge their own path to the benefit of the game in this country.
Money is on the line for clubs up and down the divisions.
This isn’t just a Celtic title issue, but one that goes beyond Celtic Park.
Definitive decisions are needed for everyone to move forward.