The SPFL has tonight confirmed that the resolution to end Season 2019/2020 for the Ladbrokes Championship, League One and League Two has been passed. This means that the existing league positions are finalised, and that Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers are the winners of their respective leagues.
This is certainly not the way any of us would have wished to conclude the season.
It had become clear that the restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak had made it impossible to complete the remaining fixtures. There was no simple answer to conclude things, and we believe this is the least-worst option to allow us to move forward.
We welcome the news that the SPFL have committed to consult on possible league restructuring in time for season 2020/21 and have appointed Hearts chair Ann Budge and Hamilton Academical chair Les Gray to jointly lead a reconstruction task force.
After tonight’s SPFL announcement, RRFC Chairman Bill Clark said, “I am delighted and relieved that the vote has passed. I would like to congratulate the players, John McGlynn, Paul Smith and the entire backroom team for all their hard work throughout the 2019-20 season. It’s down to them all that we were top of the league when play was suspended last month.
We now look forward to the result of the talks on league reconstruction and hope that Falkirk join us in due course and that Stranraer will not be relegated.”
While discussions will continue behind the scenes on the next steps for Scottish football, we would ask everyone to focus their attentions onto the far more important health and economic crisis facing us.
As always, please stay home, stay safe, follow the government guidelines and support our health and care staff during this incredibly difficult time.
We look forward to seeing you all back at Stark’s Park in the near future.