Revealed: The £125m deal key to Rangers hopes of foiling Celtic today
Rangers hopes of thwarting Celtic being crowned champions may well be delayed but will ultimately fail due to the SPFL’s blockbuster new £25m-a-year Sky Sports deal.
A Scottish source has told Football Insider that the £125m broadcasting contract that comes into effect on 1 August is “absolutely pivotal” to talks today to conclude the top-flight campaign.
The SPFL was meeting with the 12 Scottish Premiership clubs on a video conference at 4pm to discuss their plan for the SPL to follow the lower leagues and be terminated based on current standings.
The only possible flies in the ointment are legal challenges from Rangers and Hearts.
Stranraer have already gone public with plans to “explore all avenues” as they weigh up their options and the SPFL are braced for similar action from the Glasgow and Edinburgh big hitters.
Nevertheless, it is expected that the SPL clubs will agree to call the season based on the current top 12 league standings.
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Celtic are set to be crowned champions and Hearts are doomed to be relegated.
That will pave the way for plans to accelerate for the 2020-21 campaign, which is likely to begin behind closed doors.
The SPFL are driven by the bumper new Sky deal, which is worth £125m across five years.
The broadcaster will show up to 48 live Premiership matches every season, as well as the Premiership/Championship Play-offs, on its dedicated football channel.
The need to keep Sky on board and operate in accordance with the contract is dictating plans as well as the short-term future of the Scottish game amid the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The SPFL have made clear the importance of getting professional football in Scotland back up and running by late July.
UEFA have imposed a 25 May deadline for individual leagues to decide how they propose to finish their campaigns.
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