Former Hearts manager Jim Jefferies believes an extension of the Premiership would be the only way for his old club to avoid the prospect of relegation.

Football in Scotland is currently on hold, as the world attempts to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The disease is a rapidly growing situation, which has caused countries to become locked down and sporting events to be postponed.

Hearts are in deep relegation trouble (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Scottish football was suspended by the SPFL last Friday, and speculation has since been rife about happens with the 2019/20 season.

In the Premiership, Hearts are currently bottom of the table on 23 points from 30 games.

The Jambos had decent results against Rangers in the Scottish Cup and then Hibs in the league, but then could only draw with Motherwell. A devastating defeat to St Mirren then followed.

Jefferies has suggested an extension could be Hearts’ only hope (Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport)

With Hamilton in good form, Daniel Stendel’s team are four points adrift of the relegation play-off place, and Jeffries – who had two spells as manager at Tynecastle (1995-2000 and 2010-11) – has now had say amid the suspension.

He told The Daily Record: “I think it’s right that they’ve shut down. It doesn’t look like there’s going to be any indication of when it’s going to stop so you can’t just keep it dragging on.

“If the league stops, give them the championships but I think the only way Hearts are going to get out of it is by extending the league.”

Stendel’s team were beaten 1-0 by St Mirren last week (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Only time will tell what happens with the remainder of 2019/20, in what is truly an unprecedented situation.

One thing is for sure though – before the suspension, Hearts’ result and performance against St Mirren was extremely poor and indicative of a side in deep relegation trouble.

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