Celtic could be playing in a shortened Scottish Premiership next season, with plans to truncate the usual 38-game campaign on the table, The Scottish Mail on Sunday report (22/03 print edition, back page).
The SFA has formally suspended the current season until at least April 30th due to the ongoing public health crisis, with no firm timetable set for its return.
The Scottish Mail on Sunday reports there is still a real desire that the season is played to a finish, even if the action does not resume until into the Autumn months.
The paper states that Scottish football insiders believe UEFA’s timetable of finishing leagues around the continent by the end of June is fanciful.
A new 33-game schedule for the 2020/21 season, with Celtic likely going for ten-in-a-row, would see the bottom and top six split scrapped even though it creates a fixture imbalance.
Celtic and others would end up playing some teams away from home twice and only once at home.
It clearly wouldn’t be perfect but desperate times call for desperate measures and this is apparently one of the solutions on the table.
If it meant that the 2019/20 season could be finished with minimum fuss and drama then perhaps disruption next term would be worth it.
It’s clear that for the decision-makers at the SPFL there could be creative solutions that would look to appease as many clubs as possible, rather than declare the season over or, the option that few want, even declare it null and void.
What we need now though is a bit more clarity and some quick decisions as uncertainty can be worse than bold action.