Scotland’s lower league football clubs to vote on ending season

Clubs below the Premiership will vote on whether the season should end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with league spots determined by points per game.

Representative image: The final season standings would be determined by points per game in league matches played by each club so far   -  Getty Images

Scottish football clubs below the Premiership are to vote on whether to terminate their league campaigns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal would see the three divisions below the top-flight Premiership immediately curtailed and final season standings determined by points per game in league matches played by each club so far.

If it is given the go-ahead, Dundee United would be promoted to the top division while Raith Rovers would move up to the Championship and Cove Rangers would join third-tier League One.

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Partick Thistle would be relegated to League One and Stranraer to the fourth-tier League Two.

If the resolution is approved, the Scottish Professional Football League has also “committed to consulting with clubs over the possibility of league restructuring” ahead of next season.

The resolution recommends that the Premiership remains postponed for the time being but final season standings would be determined by the same system if the SPFL’s board determined matches could not be played.

That would see Celtic crowned champion for the ninth successive season and Hearts relegated, but could leave it without European football next season.

European governing body UEFA has warned national leagues that a failure to complete the current campaign could lead to exclusion from European competition.

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