Revealed: Huge Celtic & Rangers title development as leaked letter emerges
Scottish football is under huge pressure from Uefa to complete the season as Celtic and Rangers prepare to resume the title race in the summer, Football Insider has learned.
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell will join a Uefa conference call on Friday to discuss the latest developments, which include a strongly-worded letter from European chiefs warning against voiding the current season.
The leaked Uefa document, details of which have been relayed to Football Insider, states that a plan is being formulated to complete current campaigns across the continent in July and August.
The joint letter from Uefa, the European Club Association and the European Leagues says abandoning domestic competitions should be a ‘last resort’ and “at this stage is premature and not justified”.
Leagues across Europe have been told that ending competitions early could result in them forfeiting Champions League and Europa League places for next season.
It will heap huge pressure on the Scottish FA and SPFL to ensure the tops leagues, especially the SPL, are completed this season.
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There have been strong suggestions that Scotland could follow Belgium’s lead from yesterday to halt the season at the current league standings, and hand a ninth successive top flight title to Celtic.
Uefa are firmly against its 55-member leagues following suit.
“Since participation in Uefa club competitions is determined by the sporting result achieved at the end of a full domestic competition, a premature termination would cast doubts about the fulfilment of such condition,” the letter reads.
The Scottish Premiership‘s top three places, currently occupied by Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell, would be due to compete in Europe next season.
There will also be a place for the Scottish Cup winners, while Steven Gerrard’s side are still involved in this season’s Europa League.
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