Celtic and Rangers have thrown their weight behind plans to restart the new season at the start of August ahead of key talks today.

The Glasgow giants are central to the new broadcasting deal that comes into effect on 1 August and how the 2020-21 campaign can be mapped out behind closed doors.

As reported by BBC Scotland journalist Chris McLaughlin on his personal Twitter account, the SPFL and SFA will ask the Scottish government today for permission to start next season without fans present.

Scottish sources have told Football Insider the leading clubs including Rangers and Celtic are united in working to get the new season started at the earliest opportunity.

The SPFL have talked about that possibly being the end of July for the professional leagues, but the start of August is now seen as more realistic.

The SPL clubs are focused on preserving as much of the 2020-21 season as possible, because of the importance of the new £130m Sky Sports contract.

It is worth £26m-a-year across five years and will be a lifeblood to the Scottish game, as many of its clubs face a fight for survival.

SPFL chiefs have been keen to paint a picture of unity following the deep divisions that emerged during the early termination of the 2019-20 campaign.

 

The need to keep Sky on board and operate in accordance with the contract is imperative as well as the short-term future of the Scottish game amid the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there are still major issues to be addressed behind the scenes over the 2019-20 season and why it was terminated so early.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED the club have opened talks to sign a Liverpool-born forward sensation as they work on second summer signing.