The Scottish Professional Football League revealed on Monday that Celtic has been elected Scottish champions after first division players voted Monday to end a season suspended in third place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The SPFL today announces that the SPFL Board has agreed, after consultation with all 12 first-tier clubs, that the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership season is over,” the Tier said in a statement.
“The decision means that in the 2019/20 season, Celtic are champions and Hearts are relegated to the second division,” the statement added. Celtic was leading by 13 points more than second-placed rangers at the time of the championship break in mid-March.
“We would all like to see the season end on the football fields, in the stadiums before the crowd.
No one who has something to do with Scottish football wants the championship to end like this, but under these conditions that we have never faced before, the committee agreed that this is the only way, “said Murdoch MacLennan, chairman of the SPFL.”Covid-19 has affected sporting events around the world and we will feel the consequences for a long time to come.
The Scottish Government ‘s regulations and profound fears about the welfare of players and supporters left the SPFL with no choice but to end the championships and we now thank the club man for the help they gave us in making this decision, “MacLennan added.
The lower Scottish leagues’ fate was determined as early as mid-April but the first league was waiting for the situation to evolve with the quarantine measures in place in Scotland.
The European League leagues ended earlier due to the Belgium, France, and the Netherlands coronavirus pandemic, although other leagues are gradually continuing the season.