The SPFL are plotting new emergency powers to deal with the ongoing impact of the pandemic on Scottish football, in a move that could have serious ramifications for Celtic, The Daily Record reports.
With fears of more match postponements on the horizon, the SPFL want permission from member clubs to serve up mandatory 3-0 defeats if a club could not fulfil a fixture.
A Hampden source told The Daily Record: “This will be described as a consultation because the board has to establish if there is an appetite for it to be put to a vote.
“It has the support of a number of clubs already but it’s obviously a sensitive issue. The main concern is the number of Covid-related postponements is highly likely to increase.”
For me, this is a pretty ridiculous proposition – how can you introduce a league-changing rule such as this when the season has already commenced?
By all means, look for ways to find consensus on curtailment of the season if matches cannot continue and the campaign has to be halted across the board, but we can’t put this sort of pressure on clubs.
Ambitions and league positions could change drastically week to week based on nothing more than luck and exposure to COVID-19.
If the SPFL wanted to do this, it should have been voted on and ratified before a ball was kicked this season, then everyone would have known where they stand.
Some clubs have already had fixture postponements, without punishment, so it also seems unfair that any sides that have to reschedule upcoming games in future would be heavily sanctioned.
If this is Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and the SPFL board’s idea of coping with the ongoing pandemic, then we need some brighter thinking.
And if these proposals are put forward to a club vote, I would expect the Bhoys to vote against it. This could play havoc with our ten-in-a-row bid.
Hopefully, common sense prevails.