The SPFL board have scheduled an emergency board meeting for next Thursday as sources tell The Scottish Sun that there are fears Scottish football could be ‘blown apart’ by the recent action of Hearts and Partick Thistle.

The duo, who are dropping down to the Scottish Championship and League One, are seeking to not only reverse their relegations but block the promotions of Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers.

It’s a saga that could eventually impact Celtic with delays to the new Scottish Premiership season threatened and compensation potentially due to be paid by members if a court case goes against the SPFL.

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Rival clubs are clearly worried with one source telling The Scottish Sun: “Hearts will talk about all the trouble that’s been created with the three teams being relegated. But this move to block teams going up will be even more damaging.

“It could blow Scottish football apart. It could lead to disintegration.”

 

It’s been reported by the paper that the prospect of expelling Hearts and Partick Thistle from the league has even been raised, although surely that sort of scorched earth option is miles away?

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Still, the drama that has engulfed Scottish football shows no sign of dissipating anytime soon and with board meetings, further statements and quotes to press almost guaranteed for next week, we’ll all be watching very carefully indeed.

The league body’s board are said to have set a 3:30pm Thursday meeting to discuss the problem.

Hearts owner Ann Budge

Hearts owner Ann Budge / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The last thing anyone needs is for whatever action Hearts and Partick are taking to impact the commencement of the 2020/21 season so hopefully the SPFL manage to find a robust response that negates any need for that.

Scottish football is already in a precarious enough position as it stands, we don’t need clubs putting so much strain on the game that it threatens to rip the whole thing to pieces.

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