Celtic ‘set to be crowned CHAMPIONS on Monday as Scottish Premiership clubs agree to cut the season short, handing Neil Lennon’s side nine consecutive titles and relegating Hearts’
- Following a meeting between SPL clubs on Friday, Celtic are set to be crowned
- Hearts will be relegated, with them and Rangers reportedly opposed to the move
- The decisions come with clubs prioritising 2020-21 and avoiding a delay
- Celtic sit 13 points clear of rivals Rangers, while Hearts are five points adrift
Celtic are set to be named Scottish champions for the ninth successive season after SPL clubs settled to cutting the campaign short.
Neil Lennon’s side sit 13 points clear of Rangers, while Hearts will be relegated five points adrift of safety – with both clubs having pushed against the move.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board are set to meet on Monday when Celtic’s title will be confirmed after clubs decided to protect the 2020-21 season, according to the Telegraph.
Celtic are set to be crowned Scottish champions on Monday after a league board meeting
The triumph will be Celtic’s ninth in a row, continuing their complete dominance in Scotland
Hearts will be relegated, suffering a cruel end to their season as they sit five points adrift
Most European leagues attempting to push ahead with the current campaign are likely to face challenges constructing the following season.
The SPL clubs concluded in a meeting on Friday that there would not be enough time to finish the season, with Scottish football barred from restarting until June 10, unlike the Bundesliga which got underway on Saturday.
A new deal with Sky Sports set to begin on August 1 is also reported to be a vital factor in the decision which will infuriate some fans.
Rangers opposed the move as they sat 13 points behind the league leaders in the table
With Celtic having already secured the Scottish League Cup, the announcement would hand them the double.
The Scottish Cup semi-finals, in which Lennon’s side face Aberdeen, are still postponed, putting the treble in doubt.
Aberdeen will join Celtic in Europe by default next term, as the Scottish Cup will not be able to conclude before UEFA’s qualification deadline.
Rangers and Motherwell, sitting second and third, will also qualify, but only the champions will go on to the Champions League qualifiers.
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