Monday was a huge day in the history of Scottish football. The SPFL finally concluded the 2019/2020 Scottish Premiership season, crowning Celtic champions for the ninth season in a row.
At the other end of the table, Hearts were relegated. The Tynecastle club labelled it and “unjust outcome” and that the league body had expelled the club from the top flight.
It is likely not the end of it with league reconstruction back on the table. Failing that, Hearts are expected to challenge the decision legally as they face a second season in the Championship since 2014. For other clubs it is a time to move on and prepare for next season.
We will have all the latest news throughout the day, including any transfer movements or speculation - simply scroll down for LIVE updates.
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- Rangers 'target' 19-year-old starlet and ’close in’ on £4m deal for loan star
- Celtic tie down youngster to new deal whilst eyeing Southampton duo
- SPFL clubs set for £125m boost whilst Dundee hand out contract extensions
- Pauli Sergio speaks out on Hearts ’demotion’ as Osman Sow tips Tynecastle return
Rangers 'target' 19-year-old starlet
West Brom starlet Rayhaan Tulloch is out of contract in the summer, so would be available for only a small development fee.
According to the Sun, Tulloch has been identified as a potential reinforcement in attack.
The report also states Rangers have been encouraged in their pursuit by the fact he hasn’t signed a new contract at West Brom.
A deal is still on the table, and Rangers will face competition from Brighton and Swansea.
Dundee hand out contract extensions
Dundee have handed short-term extensions to Paul McGowan, Josh Meekings and Tom Field.
The trio were out of contract this month but the Dark Blues have extended those deals until the end of June.
Osman Sow set for Hearts return?
Ex-Hearts man Osman Sow has admitted that he’d jump at the chance to return to Tynecastle and help them to escape the Championship a second time.
The striker scored 11 goals in 22 games as Robbie Neilson’s side won promotion in 2014-15, and made a big money move to China the following season.
He told the Edinburgh Evening News:
I feel for Hearts because of what has happened. I really like the club and it is difficult for them just now but I am sure they will bounce back. Hearts is a good club.
The fans at Tynecastle really took me to their hearts and I tried to give everything for them. I’m very thankful for the time I had at Hearts. If a trial or anything was to come up, I would be there waiting outside the dressing room with my boots. I really enjoyed my football with Hearts and I had a great time there.
SPFL clubs set for £125m boost
Clubs have been told to prepare for an early August restart by the SPFL.
The governing body’s chief executive Neil Doncaster told Sky Sports yesterday he was in constant dialogue with government chiefs.
And plans are accelerating for a behind-closed-doors return in keeping with the original 2020-21 domestic schedule.
The SPL clubs are focused on preserving as much of next season as possible, because of the importance of the new Sky Sports deal which begins on August 1.
It is worth £125m across five years and will be a lifeblood to the Scottish game.
Everybody has their own view on the situation....
Lennon comments on Southampton duo
Neil Lennon is hopeful both Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi will return to Celtic Park next season.
The Scottish Sun claim that Southampton are open to selling both players to Celtic for the right price.
Elyounoussi joined the Premier League side for £16m.
And Lennon has now commented on the situation regarding the two loanees.
Neil Lennon to the Scottish Sun
We’re hopeful they’ll be around but that’s a conversation we’ll have to have with Southampton and the players individually.
In the main, we’d want to keep them if we could. It kept that continuity going rather than maybe going out and bringing other players in.
If we could keep the services of those two, they know how we work and what the club is all about. They made really good contributions. Fraser was absolutely brilliant and Moey, up until the injury, was fantastic.
The latest gossip from around the web
Crisis talks among clubs facing no football until January
Crisis talks will be held between the SPFL and clubs in League One and League Two with the prospect that Scotland’s bottom two tiers won’t be able to return until January. (Daily Mail)
Celtic fans urged to forgive Rodgers
Callum McGregor hopes that Brendan Rodgers’ contribution to the nine-in-a-row success is not lost amid continued ill-feeling surrounding the manner of his departure. (The Scotsman)
McGregor admits considering Leicester switch
Callum McGregor says he is “relieved” to have stayed to help Celtic secure a record-equalling ninth successive title after having his head turned by former manager Brendan Rodgers’ bid to take him to Leicester City. (The Scotsman)
Prospect of ‘hub’ games in second tier
Scottish Championship clubs have held a meeting via video conference to discuss playing games in ‘hub’ stadiums next season. (The Scotsman)
Paulo Sergio: 'It's not a relegation, it's a demotion. Hearts fans will never forget this.'
Tynecastle support is right to be angry, says Portuguese legend
"Hearts fans will never forget this. They are right to be angry," Sergio told the Evening News. "They will accept their team going to the second division if the league finishes and they are last because they did not win enough points.
“In this case, last place is being put into the second division without all the games being played – at a time when Hearts have invested in their stadium, new players…”
Hibs legend Lewis Stevenson looks back on THAT Scottish Cup final win and all the emotions of victory
“I know I made some mistakes and I’ve never wanted to see them. I want to focus on the happy memories, although, to tell the truth, a lot of the day is a blur,” said Stevenson. “But I will maybe watch it with the kids.
“I have seen some of the celebrations, though…"