SPFL ends season, Celtic Champion and Hearts relegated

SPFL ends season, Celtic Champion and Hearts relegated
SPFL ends season, Celtic Champion and Hearts relegated

Celtic have been crowned the Champions of Scotland for the ninth successive season after the SPFL decided to end the season after a meeting on Monday.

Celtic crowned SPFL Champion

Neil Lennon’s side were comfortably ahead of the chasing pack and they were rightly awarded the title.

Although Rangers could have caught up with them mathematically, it seemed highly unlikely in reality. Neil Lennon’s side were 13 points clear at the top. 

The SPFL’s decision might not have been fair on some clubs as they believe they could have fought for and changed their standings in the table by the end of the season.

1Celtic 30267080
6St Johnstone298−1836
9St Mirren307−1729
10Ross County307−3129
11Hamilton Academical306−2027
12Heart of Midlothian304−2123
Rules for classification: 1) Points per game; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-Head points; 5) Head-to-Head goal difference; 6) Play-off

Hearts Relegated

Meanwhile, Hearts have been relegated from the Scottish Premier League for the second time since 2014. 

It will be interesting to see if the affected clubs threaten legal action against the authorities in the coming weeks. 

The League one and League two final standings have been determined by the PPG rule. 

Earlier the 42 SPFL clubs voted in favour of resuming the season but the authorities have decided that the conditions aren’t right for football to start.

The SPFL explained that ending the season prematurely was the only practical way forward after the havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the SPFL will now have to sort out the European qualifications for the next season.

UEFA recommended them to finish the remaining games but their decision to end the league prematurely means that they will have to nominate the clubs that will represent Scotland in Europe next season. 

Finally, the SFA confirmed that the Scottish Cup will be completed this season, with the tournament at the semi-final stage.