Rangers assistant coach Michael Beale believes that the football authorities should use a “reference point” earlier in the season in order to decide the final standings of the Premiership table.
The Coronavirus outbreak means that not all teams in the top flight have played the same amount of games, and clubs have also not played each other an equal number of times home and away.
Beale proposes that they could go back to a point where each team has played each other twice in order to get a final table:
“Unless the leagues can be split in a fair way, a league with fewer teams like Scotland can decide to not predict into the future – but go back to a point where each team has played each other twice and use that as a fair reference of the teams level over the equal part of the season.”
“If the positions are the same as at that point I think it’s a fairer reference point as each team has played each other twice. But we must never determine relegation based on a points total where each team has played a different mix of games or opponents and nothing is mathematically decided. This would kill all sporting integrity.”
Such a solution may well be considered but, even then, you are still voiding a whole host of games that have already been played. Legal challenges could be made if they opt for such an approach, as it would if the whole season was made null and void.
At the moment, there is no real definitive solution and it’s unlikely that there will be a final decision any time soon.