Ian Maxwell’s letter of some days ago to Championship teams really was the first official sign of ‘Operation Null & Void’.
ONAV, as we’ll really catchily call it, is well and truly underway in Scotland, with not only Neil Lennon’s anti-Hamilton and St Johnstone rant, but that letter by the SFA CE to ask Championship clubs how they felt about axing the campaign.
The last time we went through a member clubs’ opinion on the matter, the season was declared there and then and Celtic were voted the champions.
And now Maxwell has enquired about how clubs in Scotland’s second tier would respond to a ‘suspension’ of the leagues, which is just a toe dip in the water to find a route to completely ending the campaign and denying Rangers the title.
One (unnamed) club has already made it clear to the SFA prior to that letter than they were very strongly in favour of the season being curtailed, and now with the boss writing to their peers to enquire on their feelings, ONAV is definitely in the air.
Yes, the word ‘suspension’ has been exclusively used, but how we can suspend the season with all the football potentially to be played this summer (not to mention the Olympics) is a complete logistic impossibility.
The backlog would be impossible to pick up, hence we believe ONAV is underway to try and find an easier way.
Of course, the crisis has just eked under a slight plateau the past week or two, with cases marginally slowing down, but it’s still a long way to go yet – and it’s possible football could quite safely continue.
But with Rangers a matter of weeks from 55, we can’t help feeling the powers that be are getting on with wrecking it.