Sporting integrity may need scrapped this season – which could result in Hearts’ relegation and Celtic becoming champions.
That’s the view of Willie Miller as Scottish football continues to debate over how to wrap up the 2019/20 campaign.
It’s currently suspended as Scotland braces itself for a Covid-19 storm. Whether Celtic should be crowned kings and Hearts should be demoted if a cancellation was needed has been discussed. It’s a route that Scottish football’s hierarchy may need to go down.
“If the leagues can be finished that would be the ideal scenario but that is looking less likely if an end of June deadline is enforced by Uefa,” Miller wrote in his Evening Express column. “Ultimately integrity may have to be binned and pragmatism take over with hard decisions made. No one will be happy with these decisions but we are in tough times and tough calls need to be made.
“Then you freeze the table and it will come down to what a club has done throughout the season before the shutdown. Celtic look like they will have won the league title regardless. Unfortunately for Hearts, they have had a poor season and are bottom of the Premiership while Dundee United have run away with their league in the second tier.
“If the league has to be cut off at the point it was initially halted due to the coronavirus clubs will have to accept that and legal action would not be the way to go. Clubs bottom of the league have had plenty of opportunities to get away from there this season. Relegation would be difficult to take, but affected clubs must ultimately accept it and move on to look forward to when this virus is finally beaten.”
Tough calls await
Whilst you can agree or disagree with Scottish football legend Miller’s opinion, one thing is clear. The powers that be in Scottish football have one hell of a decision on their hands.
They won’t be able to appease everyone which will be a great frustration. It’s key though that as many teams as possible are appeased by the eventual decision made.
Football looks months away in the current climate, so whether it’s crowning Celtic champions or relegating Hearts, the job of making those decisions is not one to be envied.