High profile Scottish football pundit Neil McCann has called on the SPFL to reconstruct next season’s league into a 14 team competition should it be impossible for the Scottish Premiership to continue this term, The Scottish Daily Mail report (17/03 print edition, page 89).
The former Hearts and Rangers winger has unsurprisingly got a vested interest in how the season comes to an end following the ongoing public health crisis.
Although he has dismissed the talk about Celtic’s quest for a title as less important, instead turning his attention to what’s happening at the bottom of the table with the Tynecastle club.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (17/03 print edition, page 89), he said: “Hearts are down there and everybody thinks their form suggests they should go down. But there’s nothing to say they couldn’t get out of trouble.
“I think (creating a 14-team top flight) is the only way to do this fairly, for one season. The relegation issue is the unfair one here.
“You can argue some teams are chasing the title but the financial implications of teams getting relegated (is greater).”
McCann might have a point about the difference between silverware and financial problems for teams lower down the table, but the title is no less important to Celtic fans than relegation is to Hearts fans.
Every team has something on the line here.
A 14-team league next term would go a long way to keep as many clubs as possible happy.
The ideal scenario, if all is well, is the remaining eight games being completed.
As reported by The Scottish Sun, UEFA are urging leagues around the continent to complete the season by the end of June, with qualification scenarios due to be decided after that.
However, there is no guarantee the government and health expert advice will allow that to happen.
There’s a long way to go before all this is sorted out.