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LENNY AND THE BHOYS ON TITLE BRINK

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CELTIC are on the brink of being awarded their ninth successive league title within weeks.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the SPFL have launched an emergency plan that could bring an immediate conclusion to campaigns in the Championship, League One and League Two.

The Premiership could be placed on hold for a couple of weeks before the inevitable decision is made to crown Neil Lennon’s men as worthy champions.

The Scottish football bosses today circulated to all 42 clubs following crisis board meetings held over the past two days.

The 12 top-flight clubs have already held a conference call with the SPFL gaffers to discuss the proposals, according to a report in the Daily Record. The lower leagues are expected to be locked in talks throughout the day.

Each club will be given until Friday to submit a written response to the country’s football rulers.

That includes the Premiership outfits who will have been asked to agree in advance to allowing the board to hand the title to Celtic should it become obvious the remainder of the campaign cannot be rescheduled.

The Hoops, of course, were 13 points clear at the the Premiership with only eight games to play before the enforced worldwide shutdown.

The decision will be deferred until it’s expected the SPFL will be left with no option but to call a halt to the 2019/20 season.

There have been reports of SPFL clubs voting on a resolution that will see the Parkhead outfit lift the 51st flag in their history by an average points margin of 0.35 – if, of course, the season cannot be finished.

If that proposal is followed, the Premiership would look thus:

CELTIC: 2.66

Sevco Rangers: 2.31

Motherwell: 1.53

Aberdeen: 1.50

Livingston: 1.30

St Johnstone: 1.24

Hibs: 1.23

Kilmarnock: 1.10

Ross County 0.97

St Mirren: 0.97

Hamilton Accies: 0.90

Hearts: 0.77

Under today’s unprecedented plans, Dundee United would take Hearts’ place in the top 12, with Partick Thistle relegated from the Championship to League 1.

Raith Rovers would replace the Firhill side with Stranraer dropping into League Two with Cove Rangers stepping up.

The waiting game looks like coming to an end with no end in sight to the season which has seen Celtic amass 80 points following 30 games with a superior goal difference of plus 25.

 
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