Rangers' rivals Celtic could be handed title early by SPFL - report
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Rangers' rivals Celtic could be handed title early by SPFL - report

The SPFL could hand Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic the title early if the league is postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That’s according to the Daily Record, who, via the Daily Mail, is claiming that the SFA is to be granted special powers to play games behind closed doors or make such decisions.

They stress that this would only be done as a last resort but given Liverpool and Celtic’s leads at the top of the Premier League and Scottish Premiership, their titles are all but a formality now.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analysed and identified in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, on February 19, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The news could come as a disappointment for any Rangers fans hoping the season is written off by the Chinese borne virus.

The claims also suggest that prematurely naming league champions could only be done if orders are given from Holyrood in Edinburgh or Number 10 in London.

Reports such as this are a stark reminder of the potential ramifications should a coronavirus outbreak fail to be contained in Scotland.

Whilst there is much hysteria out there about the virus, cases are expected to rise in Scotland with six confirmed cases at the time of writing [BBC Scotland].

The SPFL could be forced to shut down the season early. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There has been plenty of discussion in football quarters regarding the outbreak, including from Steven Gerrard who revealed the Ibrox club held a meeting on the subject last week [Rangers].

The SFA has also formed a special response team [SFA] which will keep clubs up-to-date with all the information concerning the virus.