Former Rangers striker and BBC Sportscene pundit, Steven Thompson, has claimed that the SPFL board’s rush to declare the 2019/20 season over has ended up costing them dearly as the body lurches from one drama to the next.
So what has Thompson said?
When asked to reflect on the news that professional sport has now been permitted to return by the Scottish Government and with several countries in Europe now back completing the 2019/20 season, he said:
“The clubs and the SPFL board were desperate to release funds to the clubs and that was the reason everybody voted for the league to be concluded.
“I felt there was not enough time and consideration given to trying to explore every possibility to finish the season.
“Hindsight is a great thing but looking back now, if the SPFL board were not in such a rush to get it done, I think we could have been back.
“The amount of games left, you could have squeezed the games in.
“We weren’t to know that James Anderson was going to come up with a big pot of money and a lot of things have happened.
“But in terms of fairness with Hearts being relegated and of course all Rangers fans think Celtic ‘s title is tainted, they wouldn’t have been any of these questions had we finished the season.”
So is Thompson right?
For a start, Thompson has been a cheerleader of the “asterisk title” brigade from the beginning and in his own words, is applying hindsight to an unprecedented situation that changed on an almost daily basis.
Even UEFA have struggled to make a clear and concise plan about how to finish their flagship competitions until this week, by comparison, the decisions in Scotland were made by the SPFL member clubs based on the information provided to them by the CEO, Neil Doncaster and the legal advisers of the organisation.
There has definitely been mistakes made, but ultimately, it is the 42 clubs of the SPFL that have made the decisions, not one individual or one club, a majority has been needed in each league to see resolutions carried.
Hearts and Partick Thistle have decided to take legal action – such is their right – but as for the talk of a “tainted title”, if anyone has any doubts, they are welcome to go and see Scott Brown’s medal collection by his own invitation.