THE SPFL have advised Scotland’s 42 professional clubs that football won’t return until August at the earliest – and insist there is not enough time to play out the 2019/20 campaign.

STV report that the Scottish football governing body alerted their members of this information before asking each team to cast their vote on a proposal to terminate the season indefinitely, with standings being decided on a points per game basis.

The season now rests in the hands of Dundee, who are still to cast their judgement on the proposition, despite reports suggesting they had. The SPFL require just one more ‘for’ vote from the Championship for their proposition to be passed. 

With reports suggesting that bosses at the SPFL believe there is not enough time to play out the current season, it looks set that the current campaign will either be ended early by their original proposition or via a null and void route.

The Scottish Professional Football League also advised clubs that it is likely that the new season will not get underway until mid-September due to the coronavirus crisis.

It is understood that Dundee chief John Nelms will perform a dramatic U-turn and vote in favour of the plans, despite evidence suggesting the club signed off a paper to oppose the blueprint last week.

We told yesterday how Partick Thistle’s lawyers maintain that Dundee’s original vote against SPFL plans to end the season early must stand.

The Jags voted against the proposal to conclude the current campaign indefinitely, which would see them relegated to League One.

Thistle bosses publicised damning legal advice they’d been given with regard to the SPFL’s handling of the entire issue, which suggested that the governing body may have breached their duty to supply Scotland’s 42 professional clubs with sufficient evidence to base their proposal decision on.

A top QC also implied that league prize money could be issued early to help cash-strapped clubs without calling time on the current campaign.

An SPFL statement on the issue is expected in the coming days.