Report: SPFL meetings no closer to clearing up Celtic title situation

By John Reid

March 28, 2020

A report claims that a series of conference calls involving the 42 SPFL clubs failed to come to decision over finalising the current league season.

BBC Sport reports that no decision has been made regarding the leagues ending after the meetings, but that football is ‘not expected’ to return until August.

Celtic lift another Premiership title / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, the situation involving Celtic and the Premiership title looks set to run for a while yet. The SPFL and Scottish FA will have to come to a decision regarding the Scottish leagues at some stage though.

Uncertainty cannot drag on

They cannot let uncertainty drag on until August. What they should do is announce that the standings as they are right now in all four professional leagues will be the final standings for the season.

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

Therefore, Celtic will be Premiership champions, and Hearts will be relegated. Enough games have been played for the season to be declared valid no matter what some people say.

Football calendar could right itself by next season

If football is set to return in August as the report suggests, then that means that the football calendar could catch up with itself next season, if the league standings are declared completed relatively soon.

It isn’t an easy decision for the football authorities to make. However, football needs to move on, and plans need to begin for next season.

We can still complete this season’s Scottish Cup, perhaps at the start of August. However, when it comes to the leagues, it is time to declare the current standings as final. It won’t be the way anybody wanted it, but Celtic will be nine in a row champions.