Scottish football has less than 48 hours to decide its own fate following the SPFL's emergency plan to shut down the season.

The drastic coronavirus contingency measures - which would bring an immediate end to the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns while placing the Premiership on pause until the end of this month - were circulated to all 42 clubs today following a crisis SPFL board meeting over yesterday and this morning.

Record Sport understands the 12 top flight clubs have already held a conference call with league bosses to discuss the proposals - with the lower leagues expected to be locked in similar talks throughout the rest of the afternoon.

And all of them will be given until Friday to submit a written response to Hampden's sixth floor.

That includes the Premiership clubs who will have been asked to agree in advance to allowing the board to hand the title to Celtic should it become clear that the remainder of the season cannot be rescheduled and played out over the summer.

The plan has been put forward by the SPFL

The decision will be deferred until the end of this month when it's expected the SPFL will be left with no option but to pull down the shutters on season 2019/20.

Although a source told us: "The hope is that by the end of this month there might be some miraculously good news where the COVID-19 outbreak is concerned. Yes, it's a long shot and medical advice suggests it's highly unlikely but at least it gives the top flight a chance to get its games completed.

"If, however, by the end of April there is no sign of this being possible then the proposals are clear. There is no option to call the season null and void because of the catastrophic consequences involved. Chiefly, if there was no season there there is no prize money to distribute and the consequences of that are unimaginable.

“So as it stands Celtic would be champions and Hearts would be relegated. Although there is also a possibility of league reconstruction which could be considered if today's proposals are approved and voted through on Friday."

The potential lifeline for Hearts, however, could not be pushed through by the SPFL board as league rules require any proposals for reconstruction to be voted on by all 42 member clubs.

For Hearts to avoid the drop they would require the support of 11 out of 12 of the top flight clubs as well as the backing of 75 per cent of the other three divisions.

Under today's emergency plans Dundee United will be promoted to the top 12, with Partick Thistle sent down from the Championship to League 1.

Raith Rovers would take Thistle's place in the second tier with Stranraer dropping into League Two, replaced by Cove Rangers.

Brechin would be saved from dropping out of the SPFL set up completely with the promotion hopes of Highland League Champions Brora Rangers and Lowland League leaders Kelty Hearts also resting on possible league reconstruction before the start of next season