A report from the BBC has suggested that some clarity could be provided regarding Celtic’s title hopes in the coming weeks.

The BBC has reported that the governing bodies in Scottish football are taking legal advice on how best to end the season. This comes as clubs are starting to believe that it’s unlikely the season will be played out to a finish.

Interestingly, the SFA/SPFL are looking to protect the structure of next season as much as possible. The BBC believes that some clarity could arrive later in the week with regards to the future of the 2019/20 season.

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SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is due to the fact that there are league meetings set this week. There is, however, a real desire from the governing bodies for as small a delay as possible.

However, the BBC has also reported that the SFA’s main goal is to ensure the protection of clubs in Scotland. They’re looking at potential income sources to help provide those in Scotland in need of loans.

Desire to focus on next season seems bizarre

I’ve never, ever understood this idea of trying to prioritise next season. Why on earth are the Scottish FA/SPFL, or whoever else is involved in the decision making trying to safeguard next season?

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After all, it’s not as if there’s been any effort put into next year. Clubs in Scotland have been playing for six-and-a-half months of the current campaign. If you take into account pre-season etc, that’s another month-and-a-half or so of getting ready for it. Therefore, you could say we’ve had eight months of grafting with regards to the current campaign.

Why on earth shouldn’t we be making every effort possible to play this out when feasible? What makes the 2020-21 campaign so special that it can’t be moved back?

Hampden Stadium entrance

Hampden Stadium entrance (Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There’s no set rule that the football season simply must start on a certain date. We have other leagues around the world that play during the summer or start in the winter, for example. Given the seriousness of the current pandemic, surely that would be the fairest way for everyone?

It’s feeling more and more as though Celtic are going to be awarded the title without being given the chance to play their remaining games. After all, null and void just isn’t something that’ll be accepted. But even if that remains the case, it’ll be a tad unsatisfying to be handed a title that we were clearly going to earn.

If there’s any chance of ending the season on the pitch, regardless of when, these games have to be played. In the interest of fairness, we shouldn’t be prioritising a season that no effort has yet gone into.

 

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