A statement released by Hearts on Monday afternoon suggests that Rangers will soon be required to vote on another SPFL members resolution [heartsfc.co.uk].
The Jambos’ statement came in response to the SPFL’s move to officially end the Scottish Premiership season earlier in the day, declaring Celtic champions and condemning the Edinburgh club to relegation.
Ladbrokes Premiership and SPFL Season 2019/20 curtailed as Premiership clubs reach unanimous agreement that top flight cannot be finished.
— SPFL (@spfl) May 18, 2020
It seems that for now, at least, it’s a verdict they are unwilling to accept.
“We have stated from the outset that we don’t believe it is right that any club should be unfairly penalised because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” read the statement at heartsfc.co.uk. “It was previously indicated that league reconstruction would not generate enough support to pass a vote between member clubs. In recent days a number of positive talks have been held with both the SPFL and member clubs and this topic is currently being revisited.”
“Hearts will shortly submit a member’s resolution that we believe is a pragmatic solution to the issues the game currently faces and a way forward that the clubs can unite behind. It is our belief that this resolution, if supported, will provide an opportunity to avoid disproportionately disadvantaging – financially and otherwise – any club.”
The release goes on to insist that some clubs have already expressed support for this new plan, before suggesting that if it isn’t sufficiently supported, Hearts will take legal action against the SPFL.
📝 Club Statement
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) May 18, 2020
It looks as though all SPFL member clubs are facing the prospect of another vote, just a week after a proposal tabled by Rangers, Hearts and Stranraer calling for an independent investigation into the SPFL’s ballot to end the lower league season, was defeated.
Hearts have been harshly done. Given that they were just four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership with a number of fixtures remaining, it was still very possible for them to avoid the drop.
However, it’s unlikely that any proposed reconstruction resolution will pass, given that Premiership clubs showed little appetite for restructuring when last consulted a fortnight ago.
What’s more, the Jambos’ position isn’t an unprecedented one. Many other European leagues are attempting to complete their fixtures, but the top-flights in France and Belgium were both finished early, with clubs relegated in similar circumstances.
At present, it’s not certain what way Rangers would vote on this matter but it’s highly unlikely Ann Budge’s club will receive sufficient support.