Celtic & Rangers sweat on fate as late-night talks hint at outcome today - Ibrox Sources

Celtic and Rangers are sweating on their title fate ahead of crunch meetings today likely to result in another agreement to push back the season’s return date, Football Insider understands.

The SPFL will hold talks today about how and when football can return in Scotland amid the havoc wreaked by the Coronavirus pandemic.

A Scottish source has told Football Insider that extensive discussions have been taking place behind the scenes about how best to complete the season.

A July resumption has been touted, including in late-night talks ahead of today’s meeting.

Like all other European leagues, it is dependent upon Government advice and the safety of players, staff and officials, as well as supporters if the matches were not played behind closed doors.

There is not such a strong will to complete the season among the clubs as there is down south, where Premier League teams rely so heavily on the massive broadcasting deals.

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Celtic have mooted ending the season early and begin preparing for the next one, which will see the start of the new-five year Sky Sports broadcasting deal.

That would see them crowned champions and likely lead to legal action from title rivals Rangers, as well as Hearts, who would be relegated.

Health officials have insisted behind the scenes that things will start to improve in the UK by the middle of April and distancing measures will begin to have an impact on the number of cases in the UK and the subsequent number of deaths.

Significantly, there appears to be a strong Government will for elite football to resume as soon as it is deemed safe.

Leagues across Europe have been told by Uefa that ending competitions early could result in them forfeiting Champions League and Europa League places for next season.

It has heaped pressure on the Scottish FA and SPFL to ensure the tops leagues, especially the Scottish Premiership, are completed before the new ones start.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on a centre-forward whose pay rocketed from £1,000-a-week to £57,000-a-week last year.