CELTIC have been awarded a record-equalling ninth successive title following the Hampden chief’s decision to call time on the 2019/20 season today.

It comes after a two-hour-long SPFL board meeting where the clubs decided to end the current campaign.

The focus is now on getting football back on course for the 2020/21 season.

A meeting had been held on Friday, but no decision was reached. However, the clubs have now voted in favour of bringing the term to a premature conclusion, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Neil Lennon’s side were, of course, 13 points clear with only eight games to go and the 51st flag in the club’s history was already heading for the east end of Glasgow.

It is the second time in the Hoops’ history they have reached nine on the trot with the first sequence coming between 1966 and 1974 with the legendary Jock Stein in charge.

The Parkhead men were also two games away from the phenomenal quadruple treble with a Scottish Cup semi-final due against Aberdeen on Easter Sunday for the right to play either Hibs or Hearts in the Final.

The historic decision also condemns the Tynecastle side to relegation. They were four points adrift of Hamilton Accies when football went into cold storage in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The demotion could mean the Edinburgh outfit taking legal action against the Scottish soccer bosses.

The league body moved to apply the same average points system used to decide the lower leagues with the only change in the table coming as St Johnstone move to sixth place, with Hibs dropping down into seventh.

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers have already been awarded the titles for the lower divisions.

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