Monday was a huge day in Scottish football. The SPFL finally concluded the 2019/2020 Scottish Premiership season, crowning Celtic champions and relegating Hearts. 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.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 19 May, 2020, 18:11
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Mackay wants Wright
Hearts legend Gary Mackay wants Tommy Wright to be the new Hearts boss.
Talks are planned between the club and current manager Daniel Stendel when clarification over which league the Tynecastle side will be in next season.
With Hearts set for the Championship it would leave the German as a free agent.
Mackay told the BBC: "When Craig Levein was removed from office at Hearts, Tommy's team were also struggling. Now they are in the top six once again. I cannot believe that no clubs, Hearts included, have looked at what Tommy did at St Johnstone over the last six-seven years.
"He would be, for me, the man who would hopefully guide Hearts out of the Championship and into the kind of position they should be in the Premiership."
Rangers Euro boost
Chris Sutton's claim
The £6m double deal involving Celtic and Rangers
Celtic will sell Eboue Kouassi to Belgian side Genk in the summer with the Belgian club moving Ianis Hagi on to Rangers on a permanent deal.
The Ivorian midfielder has flopped at Parkhead and joined the Belgians on loan in January.
Despite playing just four times, Het Nieuwsblad report Genk will look to trigger the £1.3m clause to secure him permanently.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Genk expect Rangers to take up their £4.5m clause on Ianis Hagi after the Romanian impressed after joining on loan.
Halkett expects changes
Hearts star Craig Halkett is expecting changes at Tynecastle this summer following the club's demotion to the Championship.
He told the Daily Record: "The consequences are now sinking in but there has to be a lot of things now going to be considered. The whole situation surrounding the manager is just one of them.
"There will be boys under contract for next season and boys out of contract. Some of the players may be on a wage which is too much for the Championship and for the kind of money that Hearts will be bringing in next season.
“I am expecting a lot of changes but it’s for other people at the club to answer all of these questions but it’s certain to be a difficult time.”
Hearts legend reckons club don't deserve to go down but do deserve to be bottom
Jim Jefferies has called the decision to demote Hearts “crazy”.
The Tynecastle side slip into the Championship after the SPFL confirmed the conclusion of the 2019/2020 season.
While Jefferies notes Hearts deserve to be bottom, he believes relegation is unjust punishment.
He told the Scottish Sun: “Hearts have nobody to blame but themselves for being bottom of the league. They haven’t picked up enough points, and after 30 games they are there for a reason. But they don’t deserve to be relegated like this. It’s a CRAZY decision.
“What’s happened is nobody’s fault, but Hearts are being punished because the league hasn’t been able to play to a finish."
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