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Scottish FA extends suspension to June 10

Scottish Premiership

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: - Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos misses a late chance during the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers and Celtic, at Hampden Park, on December 08, 2019, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

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Scottish football has extended its COVID-19 suspension of activity until June 10.

That date is some six weeks longer than the initial expectation of April 30, and includes training.

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“The message is very clear: The government restrictions introduced to save lives must be adhered to and there is no prospect of an early resumption of training let alone organized football in Scotland for several weeks,” said a statement from the Scottish FA.

Celtic is running away with the title though there’s some minimal hope for stumbling Rangers, who have a match-in-hand as part of their 13-point deficit on Neil Lennon’s leaders.

The relegation picture is a lot cloudier. Hearts are in the automatic relegation spot with 23 points, four points back of playoff side Hamilton. St. Mirren and Ross County have 29 points.

The Scottish season traditionally divides into top six and bottom six after 33 matches, so there would be plenty of chances for teams to affect their fate.