The SPFL could see their plans for the final Old Firm clash of the season foiled if Hearts take points off Aberdeen this coming Saturday.
A win for the Tynecastle side, coupled with victories for Celtic in their next two games against Dundee and Hamilton, would leave Brendan Rodgers’ men requiring just a point from their first post-split fixture to win the title.
The governing body are keen to avoid the Glasgow derby being a title decider, fearing a repeat of the 1999 Shame Game where Rangers clinched the title at Parkhead amid ugly scenes in the stands and on the park.
There was a reversal in 2012 where Celtic had the opportunity to clinch the championship at the home of their rivals. However, they lost 3-2 in a match that passed largely without incident.
The SPFL have announced that all post-split fixtures will be announced early next week.