Scottish Football Correspondent
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A general view of Tynecastle Stadium
Hearts had threatened the SPFL with legal action Credit: PA

Having been left to their own devices by Uefa in the matter of how to bring the domestic season to a close, Scottish football’s governing bodies now hope that the Government will offer a way out by enforcing a shutdown. Such an outcome would lessen the threat of ­legal action, as has been threatened by Hearts against the Scottish Professional Football League should the Tynecastle club be relegated without a completion of the fixture schedule.

三级成人视频The Government will assume emergency powers, to be listed in the coronavirus bill to be fast-tracked through Parliament next week. The white paper states that the bill seeks to “enable the Government to restrict or prohibit events and gatherings during the pandemic in any place and, where necessary, to close premises.”

The Scottish Football Association has approved the payment of £1.5 million to members from Club Licensing and Club Academy Scotland. The cash would normally be payable towards the end of the year, but will instead be ­distributed in the next 24 hours to help mitigate the financial impact of coronavirus and the suspension of matches.

“Given the financial uncertainty faced by clubs, we have looked at areas of distribution where we can accelerate and pay now, rather than wait to pay on the usual distribution dates,” Rod Petrie, the SFA president said.

“We believe this will be of great ­support to clubs who face uncertainty and, worse still, a significant loss of ­revenue as a result of the impact of ­coronavirus in Scotland.”

三级成人视频Dundee United, meanwhile, added to the contending opinions on how the Scottish league season should be brought to a conclusion. United, like Celtic in the Premiership, have a commanding lead in the Championship – they are 14 points clear of Inverness, with eight games left to play – but Mal Brannigan, their managing director, has stated that the Tannadice board’s preference would be to secure ­promotion by putting their status ­beyond doubt, playing behind closed doors if necessary.

“We would like to see the season through,” Brannigan said on the club’s Twitter account. “We can see the [Euro] 2020s will be held in 2021 and we’re not quite sure yet what is going to happen with the Uefa competitions, the Champions League and Europa League.

三级成人视频“I think the most important thing is that the national leagues be completed. We are top and we have been top since day one. We are 14 points clear and we are there on merit.

“We would like to see the season through and, if we are still there by the end of the season, then we have deserved to be promoted. It is much more important to us as an organisation to have that delivered because of what we have achieved, rather than by default.”

Even Covid-19 cannot – and arguably should not – suppress the inbuilt proclivity of footballers to frame the world in terms of their own prospects, as Leigh Griffiths demonstrated when he declared that he intended to use the hiatus to restore himself to full fitness and sharpness, just as he did with his eight goals for Celtic, including a ­hat-trick against St Mirren, after the winter break.

三级成人视频“I’m looking forward to making more strides forward in the coming months. The week in Dubai was great so a full pre-season will help me hit my peak,” the striker said. “The chat we had in Dubai was a turning point for not just me, but the whole team.

三级成人视频“We talked about the run of form we had to hit to make sure we were top of the league, and everyone can see we’ve been outstanding since we came back. We’ve not been beaten domestically and we’ve only dropped two points.”

And that, to bring matters full circle, is a reminder of what the SFA and SPFL must confront – at what stage can a campaign be declared over?

And, if truncated, how can ­champions be fairly crowned?

Over to you, Boris.