SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has said he won’t completely rule out a “null and void” scenario if the global health crisis brings the Scottish Premiership season to a halt prematurely.
There was massive controversy last year when the SPFL opted to end the 2019/20 campaign early, with positions based on a points-per-game basis, which resulted in Celtic winning the title.
Rangers staunchly opposed the decision at the time, calling for a different outcome but, with the Light Blues 21 points ahead this season, Doncaster is likely to attract more ire from Gers supporters by suggesting a “null and void” season could happen if clubs vote for it:
“I’ve never ruled out anything. It’s up to the members to rule things in or out. We are a members organisation and the members want to retain the power to decide whether the season should be curtailed or not rather than give it to the board.”
“The consequences of a void season are much more dramatic, partly because of the commercial contracts which underpin the game, but at the moment there is no reason to believe the Premiership and Championship won’t be completed.”
Doncaster’s comments are not helpful but, at this stage, the curtailment of the season is entirely hypothetical. Rather than opening up old wounds from last Spring, fans would be wise to simply focus on upcoming matches with the full expectation that the campaign will reach its conclusion.