Hearts are the latest organisation to weigh into what I am now officially referring to as Statement Sunday, with Ann Budge clarifying the club’s position after a dramatic week in Scottish football.

It follows on from a letter sent by SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan to member clubs and a response from Rangers to that letter, earlier today.

The Tynecastle side have given their version of events, criticising the SPFL and calling the current debacle a ‘major embarrassment’ for the game in Scotland.


Intriguingly, the bottom-placed Premiership side are now proposing a temporary adjustment to the structure of the leagues, hoping to fight against a relegation that would occur from the current SPFL board proposals.

In a statement on the official Hearts website, Budge said: “It was confirmed over the past few days that if the Resolution was approved, the Board would be prepared to consult with Clubs on League reconstruction.  It was also intimated that they thought the chance of reaching an agreement was very slim.

“Given that the Resolution is not yet approved and given that time is marching on, I can confirm that Hearts, either alone or in conjunction with other Clubs, will be proposing a Temporary Adjustment to the Leagues, aimed at bringing matters to a close in a manner that ensures no Club is financially penalised as a consequence of these exceptional circumstances.

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“I would add that the financial consequences for Hearts of the current Written Resolution being accepted and thereby, almost certainly facing relegation, would be in the order of £2.5m – £3.0m of lost income next year.

“This would be on top of the financial burdens we will all face as a consequence of what is going on in the world today.  For other relegated clubs, the financial penalties, while perhaps on a different scale, would be equally devastating to their operations. For this reason, if for no other, we will not give up on seeking an alternative Resolution that sees greater fairness for all.”

Hearts owner Ann Budge

Hearts owner Ann Budge / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Quite what ‘temporary adjustment’ means is unknown, but it’s clear that the Tynecastle outfit are looking for a mechanism to escape life in the Scottish Championship next season.

As the drama unfolds and the statements rumble on, Celtic remain silent on all the ongoing issues.

Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and manager Neil Lennon have previously made it clear that the ultimate preference is to resume the action this summer, if possible.

However, it’s looking increasingly likely however that the Scottish football season is not going to resume, with 10 of the 12 Premiership teams voting to call the campaign on an average points basis if necessary.

With accusations and allegations flying about, Celtic are best served sitting back and seeing how it all plays out, as long as our own interests appear protected.

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