Kilmarnock defender Stephen O’Donnell believes ending the 2019/20 season at the split would be the fairest solution, with things currently on hold due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Scottish football is just one of many things to have been suspended as a result of the disease, which is an ongoing global issue.

At the moment, it’s unclear when the current campaign will resume, or whether it will resume at all.

O’Donnell makes split suggestion (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Premiership sides have currently played 30 matches, with the exception of Rangers and St Johnstone who have each played 29.

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In the eyes of O’Donnell, the Scottish football authorities should consider stopping things at the split stage if football can resume at some point later this year.

He said (BBC Sport): “I think the fairest thing would be if we were able to get to the split, because then everybody has played each other three times.

“Kilmarnock are in a position that not much would be affected – we could maybe get into the top six – but no matter what happens, you’re not going to make everybody happy. You’re either going to frustrate Celtic or you’re going to frustrate Hearts and Rangers.

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“Playing everyone three times is a fortunate situation we can have in Scotland, so maybe call it then.”

No straightforward answer

As O’Donnell says, whatever course of action is taken is going to upset somebody.

Playing up to the split would not sit well with Hearts for example, who are currently rock bottom four points adrift, with eight games left to play.

With Covid-19 looking set to have a stranglehold on life for the next few months at least, there may be little chance for football to resume in front of supporters – and the prospect of fulfilling fixtures behind closed doors is something few clubs can afford.

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