Celtic crowned Scottish Premiership champions as 2019/20 season ended due to coronavirus crisis, Rangers finish second

The Scottish Premiership season has been ended with Celtic being named champions for a ninth successive season.

At a meeting between top-flight clubs last week it was agreed to terminate the campaign as it is believed there is not enough time to complete this season and also start the new one on time.

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Celtic reached eight in a row last season and have now added their ninth consecutive Premiership title
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Scottish football cannot restart until June 10 and the Scottish Professional Football League have ratified the decision to end the campaign.

This means Celtic are champions for the ninth season in a row, as they were 13 points clear of second-place Rangers when football was suspended due to coronavirus.

Motherwell finish third while Hearts are relegated as they were five points from safety at the time of football’s suspension.

The Tynecastle Park outfit and Rangers are said to be the two clubs opposed to the curtailment of the Premiership season.

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said in a statement: “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation.

“We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters.

“This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.

“Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on sporting competitions around the world and the repercussions will be felt for a long time.

“Scottish Government restrictions and deep concerns for both player and spectator safety left the SPFL with no realistic option but to call the Ladbrokes Premiership now and we thank the Premiership clubs for their support on this decision.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “On Friday, Ladbrokes Premiership clubs expressed their clear and unanimous view that there was no realistic prospect of completing the outstanding fixtures from Season 2019-20.

“The SPFL Board met this morning and in line with the express agreement of member clubs in April, the board determined that League Season 2019-20 and the Ladbrokes Premiership be brought to an end.

“This decision now enables us to pay out around £7million in fees to help clubs stay afloat during this incredibly difficult time. We will begin processing these payments immediately.

“The focus of all those involved in the game will now turn to how we get football up and running again safely as soon as possible.

“Nobody should be under any illusion as to how complicated and difficult a challenge it will be to return Scottish football to normality.

“We will be liaising with Government on the best way forward and working to ensure that all of our 42 clubs are playing football again as soon as humanly possible.”

 


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