Report: Null and void a potential option for English FA as Celtic wait

By David Walton

March 25, 2020

The English FA could use a null and void verdict to conclude the National League season, according to the Sun.

The Sun has reported that tiers five and six in English football will come to a close immediately. This was after a meeting between the FA yesterday.

It has not yet been decided how they will work out promotion and relegation spots from both leagues. However, the Sun believes that the FA League Committee could declare the season null and void.

What’s next for Scottish football? (Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

That’s one potential option. However, they could also bring in a rather confusing points-per-game formula to work out how the campaign may have finished.

The National League was one of the last in Britain and indeed Europe to stop playing amidst the current health crisis. However, they’ve now been one of the first to call time on their league.

Celtic could be watching closely

Barrow currently sit top of the National League with a four-point advantage. But teams in the two divisions have between seven and 10 games left to play.

Celtic, meanwhile, are still waiting to see their fate as the SFA/SPFL continue to mull things over. It’s a bit of a concern seeing a null and void verdict potentially being considered down south. Then again, the SFA’s position is that they simply aren’t considering that stance for the Scottish Premiership (The Herald).

Senior figures in the game such as Michael Stewart have encouraged the league bosses not to rush into any decisions (Scottish Sun). Considering the situation regarding the current health crisis continues to worsen, however, it’s looking more and more unlikely that we’ll see any football in the foreseeable future.

The Scottish Premiership trophy (Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

It may be worth keeping an eye on how the English FA goes about things. Whether it has any influence on Scottish football’s governing bodies remain to be seen. However, it’s worth noting that the Scottish authorities did decide to cancel football in the country just hours after England.

Yet some may argue that Scotland’s own Highland league set a more relatable precedent. The clubs voted to give Brora Rangers the title given they’re 13 points clear, allowing them to prepare for next season instead (The Highland League).

Celtic are currently 13 clear in the Premiership, so here’s hoping the country sees sense when it comes to decision-making.