The FA, English Premier League and English Football Leagues are planning to finish the 2019/20 season with closed door matches beginning in July, Football.London report.

The outlet reckon that the focus down south is on finishing the current campaign, citing a conference call on Saturday between the three organisations that resulted in a plan to move towards a July restart.

It’s said games would take place behind closed doors over a period of four to six weeks unless the ongoing health crisis in the UK worsens.

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Any player registration and contract concerns could theoretically be solved with the help of Fifa, with those problems currently secondary in priority, the report states.

With the SPFL and Scottish FA seemingly following England’s lead when it came to the initial suspension of football, it would make sense that the Scottish Premiership follows what’s happening elsewhere in the country.

That timeline would allow Celtic to get on with matches and put a ninth title in a row beyond doubt, currently sitting 13 points ahead of Rangers at the top of the table.

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However, it’s fair to say not everyone is optimistic about the season returning.

When will Neil Lennon's Celtic return?

When will Neil Lennon’s Celtic return? / (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Motherwell Chief Executive Alan Burrows told BBC Scotland yesterday that finishing 2019/20 becomes “more unrealistic every day” even though “there’s still a big push by some to have the games played.”

Given he also sits on the SPFL board, that might give a good indication about the optimism within the group of Hampden decision-makers.

Obviously the priority right now is public safety and taking care of those falling ill.

However, the thought of football returning and a sense of normality coming with it is a joyful one.

If that can come to fruition as early as July, taking into account government and expert guidance, it’d be a celebrated development.

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