Dramatic new Rangers twist ahead of landmark day

A late Rangers intervention could still scupper plans to crown Celtic champions today, Football Insider has learned.

The SPFL will meet with 12 Scottish Premiership clubs this afternoon to discuss their plan to conclude the top-flight campaign based on current standings.

The move would see Celtic handed a ninth consecutive Scottish league title and consign Hearts to the Championship.

 

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club have been weighing up their legal options and have not ruled out a late move to delay plans to put their bitter rivals just one short of a historic and unprecedented 10-in-a-row.

Rangers have been desperate to avoid a situation in which the season is called based on the current top 12 league standings.

The Light Blues’ attempts to have an independent investigation into the ruling body’s bungled ballot to end the lower-league season failed earlier this week after failing to secure enough votes.

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Today’s meeting comes against a backdrop of acrimony and strife in Scottish football.

Key to discussions is the new £125million broadcast deal with Sky Sports that kicks in on August 1 to mark the new 2020-21 season.

The SPFL have made clear the importance of getting professional football in Scotland back up and running at that point amid the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Celtic have generally remained quiet during the bitter Rangers-SPFL saga of the last two months, other than to claim it is their preference for the campaign to be completed if at all possible.

UEFA have imposed a 25 May deadline for individual leagues to decide how they propose to finish their campaigns.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton tells Football Insider he is left shocked by the numbers involved as shock Ibrox sale on the cards.