JUST IN: Celtic Crowned Scottish Champions

JUST IN: Celtic Crowned Scottish Champions

Celtic were crowned champions of Scotland on Monday after the Scottish Premiership season was declared over due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rangers were second and Hearts were relegated from the 12 team division.

“The board of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has determined that the 2019/20 Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect," the league said in a statement.

The three leagues below the Premiership were ended more than a month ago when clubs passed a resolution that allowed the SPFL board to also bring the top flight to a halt if it felt the games could no longer be played.

In a meeting last week, Premiership clubs agreed that finishing the season was no longer a viable proposition as they are unable to resume training before 10 June.

Celtic were 13 points ahead Rangers when games were suspended in Scotland as part of the country’s measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Rangers had nine games remaining and were due to face their arch rivals twice more before the end of the season to try and prevent them from winning the title for a ninth consecutive season.

Belgium, the Netherlands and France have also opted to terminate their seasons. In France, Lyon, who were vying with four other clubs for a berth in next season’s Europa League, has threatened to take legal action.

England’s Premier League is seeking a return in June along with the championships in Spain and Italy. Portugal's top flight is due to return from 4 June.

On Saturday, the German Bundesliga resumed following a two-month suspension due to the coronavirus crisis.

Games were played without fans in the stadiums and players as well as coaching staff have to follow strict health protocols.

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