THE SPFL has drawn up a restructuring plan for Scottish football that will, if genuine, will save clubs currently at the bottom of the table from relegation as a result of the leagues having to finish earlier than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Celtic Star has been lobbying hard for a 14 team league for next season and we have always been of the view that it would be the wrong thing to do to relegate Hearts as there should be no losers as a direct result of the health crisis.
And Celtic, with a 13 point lead and a 25 goal difference advantage should not be punished by being denied a title that the BBC’s computer reckoned was around 99% certain to be won – actually 89.87% if you want to be exact.
Ideally the league will be able to resume and the remaining games played out but that is unrealistic to say the least and Scottish football – like leagues around Europe at all levels are busy making plans for the resumption of play whenever that is. And the longer the suspension lasts the more difficult it is going to be for the clubs financially. That in itself is another reason why no club should lose out as a direct result of the crisis.
Celtic Supporters will miss out on our league winning celebrations and on a Trophy Day party at Paradise on the last day of the season but we will not accept missing out on the title itself.
Celtic, Dundee Utd, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers should and will be named Champions. Null and Void is NOT an option, the financial implications of pursuing that option would make a terrible situation even worse and the game would probably never recover. That’s a price only the Rangers are willing to pay but as we all know that are a club who can never die. The rest of Scottish football live in he real world.
Anyway here’s the leaked restricting proposals. Let’s hope this is genuine but if not then the actual plans are along similar lines.
“Supposed SPFL ‘leaked’ document outlining reorginisation plans for next season. Shoehorns the 4 Old Firm (sic) fixtures, stops this seasons bottom placed teams being relegated and promotes the top sides from each division, including Highland and Lowland. Thoughts?” Ruaridh Kilgour tweeted.
Supposed SPFL ‘leaked’ document outlining reorginisation plans for next season.
Shoehorns the 4 Old Firm fixtures, stops this seasons bottom placed teams being relegated and promotes the top sides from each division, including Highland and Lowland.
— Ruaridh Kilgour (@RuaridhKilgour) March 26, 2020
— The Celtic Star Editor (@CelticStarMag) March 26, 2020
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