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EX-SUPREMO CALLS FOR SOLUTION

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FORMER SFA chief executive Stewart Regan insists the current Premiership season must be played to a finish.

And the ex-gaffer, who left his post two years ago, reckons any moves to null and void the campaign would be a “fudge” – or manipulation, as CQN understands it.

Celtic were leading the league by 13 points with eight games to go and well on their way to a ninth successive title triumph when the coronavirus pandemic struck to bring football to a halt.

Regan also called for strong leadership as he told BBC Scotland’s Sportsound: “If we can agree to move the World Cup from the summer to the winter, surely we can come up with a solution for the current challenges.

“I don’t envy the job the board of the Scottish FA and the SPFL have to do. But I believe strongly you cannot end the season almost completed.

“I think the most pragmatic outcome is to treat this period as a pause and when it’s safe to come back and start football again you recommence the season at that point and finish it.

“It’s possible to do that with the will of all parties concerned and that will allow a fair outcome for all the teams that are involved at the top and bottom of every division.”

Hearts owner Ann Budge says her club – who are currently bottom of the Premiership – will seek legal advice should they be relegated before the fixtures are completed.

Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson has also called for the term to be completed while Motherwell supremo Alan Burrows says it would be “very optimistic” to finish the campaign by June.

Regan believes that administrative matters such as transfer windows and player registrations can be resolved with emergency regulations.

And the Yorkshireman added: “You do need leadership, but you also need more than that. You need collaboration, you need all of the parties involved in the game to come together led by, in my opinion, the Scottish FA.

“There are always going to be agendas. But when you have a situation that effects everybody, you can’t come up with a solution or an outcome that gives everybody what they want. So there has to be a little bit of compromise.”

 
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