Scottish Premiership ‘set for month-long shutdown’ to allow for 2022 Qatar World Cup finals

THE Scottish Premiership is set for a month-long shutdown to allow for the 2022 Qatar World Cup finals to take place, according to reports.

The BBC this morning claim Scotland’s domestic top-flight will be halted for 34 days while the World Cup is played next year.

It’s thought that Scottish Premiership clubs are being consulted over plans for 16 rounds of fixtures being played between July 30 and November 13 before a pause in the league campaign.

Fixtures would be not resume until December 17 at the earliest, falling one day before the World Cup final.

As a result of the major halt in league fixtures it would be the weekend of May 27/28 before the final matchday.

The Scottish Cup final would likely be moved to a June date, with the Premiership Play-Off final expected to be played in the first week of the month too.

The League Cup would be played to a finish in February under the proposed plans – which have not yet been approved.

The BBC report that lower-league fixture lists are unlikely to be disrupted with play expected to be continued as the World Cup is played.

The Herald Scotland

The Herald Scotland

The Herald is a Scottish broadsheet newspaper founded in 1783. The Herald is the longest running national newspaper in the world and is the eighth oldest daily paper in the world. The title was simplified from The Glasgow Herald in 1992