Chris McLaughlin’s article on BBC last night had a style to it: informed, pointing the way things will go, but revealing no sources. Null and void has “pretty much been taken off the table as an option”.
“Playing out the season is what everyone wants, but there is a growing realisation that this scenario is looking increasingly unlikely.” Whereas ending the league now “is the outcome that most are now expecting”.
“Rangers [sic.] might argue that Celtic could be caught. Few in the game believe that would happen in reality, and it may well be that inside Ibrox they are already aware that calling the season is more than likely.”
Even Ann Budge at Hearts, we are told, “is also a pragmatist and if the writing is on the wall, she will get the best deal she can and get on with it.” Before Chris added “for Hearts fans the writing is very much on the wall.”
The article is caveated, I know as much as anyone that even impeccably sourced information can be invalidated by changing circumstances, but we do not see journalists who have access to impeccable sources, which Chris McLaughlin has, use phrases like “taken off the table”, “the outcome most are now expecting” and “writing is very much on the wall” without those sources being consulted.