By Wayne Veysey

19th Mar, 2020 | 4:41pm

Talk of 14-team league leaves Rangers chiefs fuming - Sources

Rangers chiefs are furious at behind-the-scenes suggestions of a 14-team league next season, Football Insider has learned.

One options discussed among the Scottish ruling bodies to deal with the coronavirus outbreak has been to void the season, scrap relegation and bring in two promoted clubs to increase the SPL numbers.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider this possibility has not gone down well with Rangers senior officials.

They believe it is a ‘fudge’ for Celtic to be handed the league title without the season being completed and to prevent legal action from bottom club Hearts as well as Scottish Championship promotion chasers such as runaway leaders Dundee United.

Celtic released a statement this evening via chief executive Peter Lawwell insisting they are looking for “a fair and reasonable solution” to the league campaign.

Manager Neil Lennon has said that Celtic should be declared champions if the campaign is not completed.

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But Lawwell explained that “our strong preference is, of course, to complete all remaining matches” and that voiding the season would be too “severe”.

Behind the scenes, extensive lobbying has taken place from the leading Scottish clubs as they look to influence the measures taken to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Rangers released a statement on Monday to reveal their 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”.

Ibrox chiefs have also been active behind the scenes to keep the pressure on the SPFL, which runs all the professional Scottish leagues and cups, and the SFA.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider have delivered a major update on the club’s hopes of signing Ianis Hagi permanently this summer.