Celtic Crowned Scottish Premiership Champions as SPFL Curtail Season

Robbie Copeland
May 18, 2020, 1:14 PM GMT+1
Celtic v Livingston - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Livingston - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The SPFL Premiership has become the latest division to curtail its campaign, crowning Celtic champions for the ninth successive season and relegating Hearts to the Championship.

Last month, SPFL clubs voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution that ended the SPFL Championship, League One and League Two seasons, and transferred powers to the governing body to end the Premiership season at its own discretion if the season was deemed unfinishable.

And on Monday, they announced that they have done just that, releasing a statement which reads: "The SPFL has today announced that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect.

"As with the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two competitions, final season placings have been determined by points per game in league matches played to 13 March 2020 by each club."

The final standings see Celtic clear at the top on 2.67 PPG, while runners-up Rangers trail behind on 2.31. Hearts - who have endured a dismal season despite a brief revival under current boss Daniel Stendel - go down on 0.77.

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan added: “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation.

“We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters.

"This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.

“Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on sporting competitions around the world and the repercussions will be felt for a long time. Scottish Government restrictions and deep concerns for both player and spectator safety left the SPFL with no realistic option but to call the Ladbrokes Premiership now and we thank the Premiership clubs for their support on this decision.”