Nine drawn for Celtic, Hearts down after the end of the Scottish Premiership season

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Retrieved 18 May 2020, 17:54 IST

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The Celtics celebrate the beating of the Rangers

Celtic won the record-breaking ninth consecutive title and Hartz was given the task of releasing after the end of the Scottish Premiership season on Monday.

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has announced that the 2019-20 campaign cannot be terminated due to the coronavirus epidemic after consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs.

The Celtics retained their title after calculating the final position on a point-per-game basis, just like the Championship, League One and League Two table.

Neil Lennon’s team, the arch-rivals Rangers, had 13 points clear, with one game in hand, to play eight matches when the season was halted in March amid the CVD-19 crisis.

Going down to the Hearts Championship, Hamilton Academic has been adrift of four points at second-bottom. Earlier, Dundee United became the second level champions.

The Glasgow Giants Celtic can celebrate winning the Scottish title nine times in a row for the second time and achieved this feat under Jock Stein in the 19 a3-744 season.

SPFL Chairman Murdoch McLennan said: “First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to formally congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Premiership this season and sincerely agree to this retirement.

“We all would rather watch the league season play on the pitch, in the stadiums and in front of the fans.

“No one involved in Scottish football wanted to end the league season in this way, but in the terrible and unprecedented situation we have faced, the board has agreed that this is the only real way.

“The Cavid-19 has destroyed sports competitions around the world and its adversity will be felt for a long time to come.

“The Scottish Government’s restrictions and deep concern for the safety of both players and spectators do not make SPFL a premier right now and we thank the Premiership clubs for supporting this decision.”