The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) decided to end the league in a meeting held today with the 12 clubs. Therefore, crowning Celtic champions.
This will be Celtic’s ninth successive league win. The Bhoys held a 13-point lead over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers while Hearts were four points off Hamilton before the league was suspended on March 13.
The method of average points per game played was used to determine the final placings. This sees Hearts relegated from the topflight. However, the only change to the league table from March 13 is that St Johnstone goes sixth, above Hibernian.
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said, “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation.”
MacLennan added that there was little way to avoid the cancellation of the league. The world at large is facing unprecedented times with major sporting events being cancelled or postponed.
“Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on sporting competitions around the world and the repercussions will be felt for a long time. Scottish Government restrictions and deep concerns for both player and spectator safety left the SPFL with no realistic option but to call the Ladbrokes Premiership now and we thank the Premiership clubs for their support on this decision.”
Nevertheless, not all football in Scotland has been halted. The Scottish Football Association is adamant to complete the Scottish Cup. The competition is at the semi-final stages, Celtic is set to face Aberdeen. While Hibernian will take on Hearts.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has stated, “The focus of all those involved in the game will now turn to how we get football up and running again safely as soon as possible.”
Doncaster restated that the Scottish Cup should return mid-July.