Report: Premiership club pushes for shutdown scenario Celtic don't want

By John McGinley

March 15, 2020

An unnamed Scottish Premiership club is pushing for the league season to be declared ‘null and void’, The Daily Record report.

The outlet reckons at least one top-flight club is looking for Neil Doncaster to scrap the entire 2019/20 competition if it can’t be restarted due to an ongoing public health crisis, which would effectively end Celtic’s hopes of a title being awarded.

A source is quoted as saying: “There is no good answer. We don’t see how titles, promotion or relegation can be agreed on any basis of sporting fairness.

“Perhaps prize money can be split on the basis of the current table.

“But the league should be ruled void and we start next season as we commenced this one. Making the season void is the best of a bunch of bad choices.”

It’s interesting that the source is happy for the cash to be dished out on the basis on league placings, but not silverware.

It would be purely speculative to suggest which club might be pushing for this, but it’s fair to say it’s a scenario that Celtic don’t want.

Neil Lennon has already spoken passionately about his desire for the hard work of his squad to be recognised with a title if the  shutdown continues and football is not restarted this season.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said on Friday: “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.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It seems there could be something of a behind-the-scenes battle about to play out to decide the best, or most agreeable, way forward.

There is a meeting scheduled between multiple UEFA member associations on Tuesday that could provide greater clarity about what’s about to happen.

No doubt Celtic are watching closely to ensure that the club’s interests are protected.

As always, public health is most crucial here, but Peter Lawwell and his colleagues would be right to make sure that fans and the squad are served in the correct manner.

An interesting week is ahead in the football world.