Hearts are set to have a crisis meeting to look at what options are available to them should the domestic season end early, according to the Daily Record.
The Jambos currently occupy 12th place in the Premiership table, meaning that they would automatically be relegated if the league finished now without being declared null and void.
The Scottish Premiership is currently in lockdown with Celtic 13 points clear at the top of the table. Celtic boss Neil Lennon has already claimed that the Hoops should be named the champions if we do have to close up shop early.
However, the Record has reported that Hearts will have a meeting this week and won’t rule out legal action being taken if they’re forced to be relegated.
There haven’t been any other reports on other clubs holding meetings regarding where they could end up. But given the financial disaster it would be for Hearts to be relegated, you can understand why they’re looking ahead of time.
Celtic may want to keep an eye on events at Tynecastle
This may also be of interest to Celtic given it all falls under the enforcement of where a club finishes. If Hearts manage to avoid relegation, then it could lead to Rangers having the same argument for there still being a title race.
Regardless of how far ahead Celtic are in the table, you can’t bet against them trying to push it. With Lennon’s side well in the ascendancy, however, you would hope that common sense will prevail.
It was never likely that Hearts were going to take any relegation without a fight. If a decision is made to send them down, it’ll likely mean that we’re also declared the champions.
But no decision has yet been made. Indeed, UEFA are set to speak to all 55 member nations, Scotland included, this Tuesday. The meeting will include discussions on European and domestic football. We won’t know anything more until the details of those discussions are made public.
Even so, it looks as though Hearts have made their move. Either way, if the league isn’t played to a conclusion, it’s going to get messy regardless of whether it’s null and void or not.
And Hearts won’t be the only club looking to potentially take action. Partick Thistle are only two points adrift at the bottom of the Championship, whilst Stranraer are right behind in League One but have played one game less. They’ll all have the same claim as Hearts.