Some SPFL sides have held discussions about potentially increasing the size of the Scottish Premiership to 14 teams, if the season cannot be completed.

The Coronavirus situation is threatening to completely derail the 2019/20 campaign, and there is no indication when or even if it will get back up and running.

Football, as well as many other things in life, appears to be on the backburners for a while as the world takes measures to combat the fast-spreading disease.

Football is on hold due to Coronavirus (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The situation is unprecedented, and is undoubtedly going to give the likes of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster a major headache trying to figure out a solution.


As reported by The Daily Record, some teams have this week pushed for the Premiership to be turned into a 14-team league, in the event Coronavirus prevents the current season from re-starting.

Apparently Inverness chief Scott Gardner is a ‘driving force’ behind the idea, and Hamilton, Dundee United and Ross County are all supposedly on board.

Those sides of course, are towards the bottom of the Premiership and top of the Championship.

SPFL chief Doncaster must find a solution (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The idea that’s being floated is no relegation from the top-flight, and two teams moving up from the second tier.

That is something that could certainly appeal to Hearts, who are currently four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership, with eight games still left to play.

Potential imbalance?

One possible stumbling block to this idea is that two teams up and no relegation would see the Championship and lower leagues left two teams lighter.

The temptation is bound to be there given the complications that would come with potentially relegating Hearts, whose owner Ann Budge has stated legal action would be taken if the Jambos are demoted based on current standings.

The ideal scenario, with Euro 2020 now being pushed back a year, is that the season can resume in the summer and fixtures can be fulfilled – that, of course, depending on whether Coronavirus relents.

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