CELTIC’S title fate is in the hands of Scottish soccer rulers after UEFA told respective leagues to sort out their own situations.
The SPFL chiefs and bosses from other associations had been putting the European supremos under pressure for guidance, as CQN reported last week.
Now the question of league championships, promotion and relegation will be up to individual leagues, UEFA’s vice-president has declared.
The game has been put in cold storage throughout the continent due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The emergency worldwide suspension has left football in chaos and confusion.
The uncertainty has left the sport with the guessing game of whether the league will resume to complete the campaign – or be scrapped with SPFL bosses making the ultimate decisions about titles, ups and downs.
The Hoops, of course, are on the brink of a ninth successive crown with a 13-point advantage at the Premiership pinnacle with only eight games to play. They also have a massive 25 goal superior lead on the nearest challengers from Ibrox.
Hearts have threatened legal action if they are relegated while Championship pacesetters Dundee United may consider a similar course of action if they are denied promotion.
As CQN pointed out, the SFA and SPFL had called for greater clarity from UEFA over how to begin preparations for next season’s European qualifiers.
But vice-president Michele Uva has insisted that any decision on final standings will NOT come from UEFA.
He told SportMediaset: “It’s not a matter for us, it will be up to each league to decide.
“The only issue concerns those players who have contracts or loans expiring on June 30, but that isn’t a matter for UEFA, which will only ask for the list of teams that will participate in the next European competitions by a certain date.”
Basically, the ball is back in the court of Scotland’s football rulers who now have to make massive decisions if, as expected, the season does not resume by June.
Watch this space!