Celtic and other top-flight clubs could be paid prize money immediately after any declaration that the Scottish Premiership is over for the season, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper report that the SPFL has already received the final payments from both Sky Sports and BT Sport for this season’s broadcast coverage, which is what drives the prize money on offer.

That means if the season is ultimately determined to be over and not just postponed, as might transpire, that clubs should at least have the financial fall back of that cash.

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However, the paper also suggests that BT could take action look to recoup some of their money, having been due to cover games that may now not take place.

Since they don’t have rights for next season’s competition, they could have already broadcast their final Scottish Premiership match and thus have no ties that would prevent them from making such a move.

Sky meanwhile are less likely to take action due to a new and exclusive £160m deal kicking in for the 2020/21 campaign.

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Financial problems are already hitting Scottish football as a result of the ongoing health crisis with club owner Ann Budge confirming that staff at Hearts will be taking a 50% pay cut.

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Anything that safeguards future money that could be paid to clubs is a major positive right now, even if the season is never finished.

How this impacts any future decision that the SPFL and SFA make is unknown, but The Scottish Sun say there is a simple desire to see the current season resolved one way or another, rather than drag it into league reconstruction next term.

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