Celtic crowned champions of Scotland for the NINTH season in a row and Hearts have been relegated after the SPFL decided to end the 2019-20 season… but title winners warn fans to stay away from Parkhead during celebrations due to lockdown
- The SPFL had a meeting on Monday and decided to end the 2019-20 season
- Final league placings were decided on an average points-per-game basis
- Celtic have been crowned champions, with Rangers finishing in second place
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Celtic have been crowned champions of the Scottish Premiership for the ninth season in a row – with Hearts being relegated to the second-tier – after the SPFL ended the 2019-20 season.
The decision was made during a board meeting on Monday morning after the 12 clubs in the division agreed last week that it would not be possible to complete the current campaign amid the coronavirus crisis.
Final placings in the league table have been decided using an average points-per-game method.
Celtic have been crowned champions for a ninth season in a row after the SPFL decided to end the 2019-20 campaign – here the side are pictured in 2019 celebrating with the trophy
It means Hearts have been relegated to the second tier in Scotland after finishing bottom
FINAL LEAGUE TABLE
6. St Johnstone (up one place)
7. Hibernian (down one place)
9. St Mirren
10. Ross County
11. Hamilton Academical
That means that St Johnstone have leapt above Hibernian into sixth place, the only change to the final league table from the moment football was halted on 13 March.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic side were 13 points ahead of rivals and closest challengers Rangers when the season was suspended. They had played a game more than Rangers.
Like most of the division, Celtic had eight games left.
The decision is a blow for Hearts, who were four points behind Hamilton Academical at the bottom and still had 24 to play for.
But they do have slim hopes of staying up after Ann Budge – owner of the Tynecastle club – was given the nod to work on a proposal to temporarily restructure the league, which would see the top flight expanded to more teams.
Celtic have paid tribute to their supporters but warned fans to stay away from their ground due to the current lockdown and insisted fans should remain at home.
Fierce rivals Rangers have finished second in the table as a result of the SPFL’s decision
A statement on their site read: ‘We dedicate this victory to you. To all our supporters.
‘To the key workers who are saving lives, cleaning hospitals, stacking shelves and shielding loved ones at home.
‘We want Celtic fans all over the world to celebrate in style, but, of course, safety is the number one priority for all, and for now this means celebrating in our homes.
Celtic warned supporters to stay away from Celtic Park after the news was announced
‘We all must stay safe and stay home. Please DO NOT come to Celtic Park.’
Large numbers of fans are not expected to travel down to the ground on Monday.
The SPFL board were given the power to make the decision after a controversial vote in April that was backed by 81 per cent of clubs.
If they decided the 49 remaining games were unplayable then they would be able to end the season early.
The Scottish game was suspended at all levels until June 10 at the earliest and a solution had to be found for the rest of the campaign, given UEFA have asked associations to either end the season or find resumption plans by May 25.
A group of Celtic supporters taking a photo with a flag outside the stadium on Monday
A man holding a dog pumps his fist with joy after his team were crowned champions
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