The Record has stated the SPFL is looking to call off the 2019/20 Premiership season imminently. Scotland could look to move quickly, despite Uefa setting a 25 May deadline for member associations to inform them what’s happening regarding domestic competitions.
One course of action Scottish authorities are considering is to set aside a few days for a cool-down process. The EGM that took place yesterday (12 May) involved voting for an independent investigation into the SPFL’s handling of the Good Friday vote. It resulted in an overwhelming majority failing to back the resolution by Rangers, Hearts and Stranraer.
However, Rangers released a statement soon after the result stating the need for change in Scottish football hadn’t changed. This coincided with statements from Celtic and Motherwell, who called for a united front to come through the crisis unscathed.
It appears as if the SPFL is looking to press ahead. The Scottish Championship, as well as Leagues One and Two, have already been called off. However, despite it seeming inevitable the Premiership would follow suit, it’s a surprise to see a report claiming the decision could be made well before the 25 May deadline.
For many, this won’t feel like the end of the SPFL versus rebel clubs saga. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to realise the resolution was going to fail yesterday. Therefore, you have to wonder what the end-game is for the rebels, Hearts and Rangers in particular.
Stranraer have backed down from the bickering by the looks of their vice-chairman’s comments in the Daily Record. Rangers and Hearts have yet to back down, though, and will surely have planned for this failure.
It feels as though there’s a chapter or two left in this ongoing war. The rest of Scottish football will pray it doesn’t go to court, though. Legal action is a route the Scottish game could do without.
However, with Hearts set to be relegated and Rangers forced to surrender their pursuit of Celtic’s title, further statements are likely. Given the anger of both sets of supporters, Hearts and Rangers may feel it’s their duty to keep the fight going as long they can afford it.
At the same time, the SPFL and the rest of Scottish football must crack on. The vote has been made and, clearly, the majority of SPFL member clubs want to focus on restarting the game.
That’s good news for Celtic in particular, who look set to be awarded the Premiership with a 13-point margin.