Rangers are planning legal action if Scottish football chiefs ignore Uefa warnings, end the season prematurely and declare Celtic as champions, Football Insider understands.
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell joined a Uefa conference call on Friday to discuss the latest plans to deal with the Coronavirus crisis as European chiefs warned against voiding the current season.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers are firmly against the SPFL forging ahead with calling the season, handing Celtic the title and relegating Hearts.
They have learned of Celtic talks behind the scenes to end 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 fly in the face of a joint letter from Uefa, the European Club Association and the European Leagues that 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 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.
Celtic are said to be privately keen that Scotland follow Belgium’s lead from Thursday to halt the season at the current league standings, handing them a ninth successive top flight title.
Rangers’ public stance is that the “final standings can only be confirmed when all games have been completed” and “any attempt to finish the season with a significant amount of games still to play, impacts upon the integrity of sport in Scotland”.
Behind the scenes, Ibrox chiefs are in constant negotiations to ensure there is no repeat of the Belgium situation in Scotland.
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