The SPFL and SFA will meet today to discuss plans that would result in the season being ended and Celtic declared as champions, The Scottish Daily Mail report (16/03 print edition, back page).
The paper say that a Hampden insider has declared there is ‘zero chance’ of the Scottish Premiership campaign being declared null and void as officials from the two bodies prepare to shut down the 2019/20 season.
SFA president Rod Petrie, vice-president Mike Mulraney, chief executive Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster of the SPFL are highlighted in the report as the key decision-makers in this process.
It’s said by The Mail that a quick decision could be on the way in order to pay out end-of-season prize money immediately and help cash hit clubs from suffering more serious problems.
It all means that Neil Lennon’s team will be declared nine-in-a-row champions if the plans proceed.
That should delight the manager, who spoke passionately about the subject last Friday following the decision to postpone fixtures.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “We’re 13 points clear. And I think in most of the other leagues, like Dundee United, they’d have to be promoted as well.
“Certainly, if you are talking about the Armageddon of the league being cancelled or stopped, it should go on the average points total which would make us clear champions and rightly so.
“We are over 30 games into the season, they are not going to take that away from us.”
Lennon was spot on with his comments last week and thankfully it seems that the governing bodies are ready to back Celtic’s stance, to the benefit of most other clubs in the division.
Freeing up much-needed cash could be crucial in some professional outfits navigating the next few months of no football, if that’s how the ongoing public health crisis plays out.
With talks taking place today, hopefully it won’t be long before we hear what’s happening behind closed doors at Hampden.