European football’s bungling boss appeared to open the door to crowning Celtic as Scotland’s champions – by hinting Liverpool could lift the English title in a ‘league office’ instead of a pitch.

The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin – who last week threatened to boot Belgian clubs out of next season’s European competitions if they follow through on a plan to declare Bruges as top flight winners – has now confessed that domestic leagues around the continent may have to consider cancelling the current campaign.

And Ceferin has admitted for the first time that there may be no option but for each country to declare its own champions without completing the season – as long as UEFA are kept in the loop.

Ceferin was widely ridiculed after originally urging leagues across Europe to re-start as early as June. He was then heavily criticised for his response to the Belgian solution.

His back-tracking in an interview with a Slovenian paper could influence emergency SPFL board discussions scheduled to take place by conference call today as the Scottish game looks for a way out of Covid-19 crisis.

It’s expected that a proposal to call an end the 2019/10 season and hand Celtic a ninth successive title will be high on the agenda for debate, especially given the heavy-handed nature of Ceferin’s threats last week.

But when asked about Liverpool’s predicament, with Jurgen Klopp’s side just two wins away from a first league success in 30 years, Ceferin appeared to change his position.

He said: “I can’t see a way Liverpool could be left without a title. If the Premier League resumes, Liverpool will almost certainly win the title. Theoretically it’s not all over but practically Liverpool are on the verge of it.

“If by any chance the play will not resume, we still have to find a way to declare final results, to declare champions.

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which the champions wouldn’t be Liverpool. I understand fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even in the league offices, but they’ll get the title one way or another.”

Ceferin then went on to stress UEFA will not advise any league how to end their season if football can’t resume over the summer.

He said: “I was speaking hypothetically. We’ll be ready for such scenarios but we’re not working on the details of them right now. We are focused on bringing the competitions to the end on the fields of play.

“We can’t allow anyone to make their own decisions without consulting and talking to UEFA. We can’t allow a league to simply declare that it will no longer play, while also determining who will play in our competitions.”

The mixed messages were greeted with dismay on Hampden’s sixth floor and a source said: “UEFA appear to be all over the place.

“The feeling is that they realise now they seriously overstepped the mark in the way they threatened the Belgians. It looks as if they are trying to walk back but the messages they send out continue to be as clear as mud.

“That doesn’t make things any easier for the people who have to make crucial decisions.

“Some clubs are increasingly anxious about the financial damage this pandemic is causing and are looking for clarity.”

Ceferin will hear out the Belgians when they offer an explanation of calling their title race in a specially convened conference call.

He said: “They will present their case to UEFA, tell us all their concerns and problems and then we on UEFA executive board will decide the case.”