The Board of Directors of the Pro League in Belgium will recommend that the season is declared over and that Club Brugge are named champions, Belgian outlet HLN report.
Brugge are currently 15 points clear of second-placed Gent having played 29 games, a situation not too dissimilar to the one that Celtic find themselves in at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
However, there is a major difference in the league structure that means Brugge’s lead is actually functionally smaller than the Hoops’.
HLN report that the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Pro League is that the season should be ended, with the decision to be endorsed at a General Assembly, described as a formality.
The current ranking would be final, which means that Club Brugge are set to be declared league winners and national champions.
Ordinarily, the Belgian league would split after 30 matches with a top-six play-off style league table formed, played out over 10 matches, to determine the prizes handed out.
Points obtained during the regular 2019/20 season would have been halved (and rounded up) before the start of the championship round.
That means, in the event both Brugge and Gent won their final regular match, the league leaders would be eight points clear with the 10 games remaining.
The situation in Scotland is a little more traditional, though our league does split after 33 matches into a top-six too.
Clearly this would be a relevant precedent for Celtic and the Scottish league.
There is currently no indication that action will resume in the country, so a decision may have to be made to cancel our competition too.
It would only be fair that Neil Lennon’s team are declared champions should that happen, currently sitting 13 points clear at the top with eight games remaining.