Rangers plan legal action if Scottish football chiefs ignore UEFA warnings, end season prematurely and declare Celtic champion, Football Insider understand.
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell joined a Uefa conference call on Friday to discuss the latest plans to deal with the coronavirus crisis, while European leaders warned against the cancellation of the current season.
Ibrox sources said Football Insider that the Rangers are firmly against SPFL to move forward by calling the season, handing the title to Celtic and relegating Hearts.
They learned that talks with Celtic were going on behind the scenes to end the season early and start preparing for the next one, which will see the start of the five-year Sky Sports broadcast deal.
This would run counter to a joint letter from UEFA, the Association of European Clubs and the European Leagues, that abandoning national competitions should be a “last resort” and “at this point it is premature and not justified ”.
Leagues across Europe have been told that an early end to competition could cause them to lose places in the Champions League and the Europa League next season.
He has weighed in on Scottish FA and SPFL to ensure the top leagues, especially the Scottish Premiership, are finished before the news starts.
Celtic would like privately for Scotland to follow Belgium’s lead starting Thursday to break the season in the current league table, granting them a ninth consecutive high-flying title.
The Rangers’ public position is that “the final standings can only be confirmed when all games are over” and “any attempt to end the season with a significant number of games to play has an impact on the integrity of the sport in Scotland”.
Behind the scenes, the Ibrox chiefs are in constant negotiations to ensure that there is no repetition of the Belgian situation in Scotland.
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