Report: New SPFL civil war fears as Celtic attend weekend meeting; potential chaos ahead

By John McGinley

October 11, 2020

There are fears that a new SPFL civil war is brewing over a disagreement on how to end the season if the pandemic halts Scottish football again, The Scottish Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

The paper says that Scottish Premiership clubs, including Celtic, attended a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the issue ahead of a wider consultation on how to proceed.

The league authorities plan to get in touch with every club to find consensus on the way forward.

Positive tests have impacted multiple sides over the last week, sparking fresh worry that the current rules are ill-equipped to deal with another season curtailment.

Hampden Stadium / (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)

Clubs rejected a resolution in July that would have handed the SPFL board control of the league outcome if the pandemic made progressing with the league impossible.

Now a second resolution, said by The Mail to be heavily reworded from the first attempt, is under consideration.

Another set of proposals could be presented with a stricter set of pre-determined outcomes based on how many games had been played by the time of a league abandonment.

A league source told The Scottish Daily Mail: “It’s hard to be confident of gaining a necessary 75-per-cent majority in every division.

“The process of speaking to people is underway and that began with the Premiership clubs. There is a consensus that something needs to be done but no consensus as to what that is.”

It all sounds typically messy when it comes to Scottish football and its regulations.

Hampden Stadium / (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

After a spring and summer period of drama, investigations and accusations, clubs really need to figure out what to do in advance of the pandemic potentially wreaking havoc on the 2020/21 campaign.

Anything else is just opening up Scottish football to even more chaos.

In other news, Rangers defender Borna Barisic has missed another international ahead of next week’s Celtic clash.