Neil Lennon has admitted his concern that legal actions could delay the start of the new season.
After the latest attempt at reorganisation went against them Hearts went to the Court of Session with papers served on Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers.
Those three clubs have responded but typical of the leadership that he has shown over the last decade Neil Doncaster has been posted missing.
Fixtures are expected to be published next week but with the threat of legal action there is no guarantee that the 2020/21 season will start on August 1.
Looking at the current situation Lennon told The Sun:
It would be a huge blow for everyone if the season wasn’t able to start on time for legal reasons. What we can’t have is another delay. It would be so damaging, not just to the top clubs but to all the clubs. I don’t know what would happen.
We’ve had a long time without football for any players, managers, supporters, everyone. It’s been a tumultuous period but it’s not just in Scotland. I don’t know if an interdict to halt the start of the season is feasible but I’d just hope the SPFL, Hearts and Thistle can come to some sort of agreement.
Whether it’s compensation or whatever, I don’t know. We’ve moved to phase two and things are looking more promising from a social as well as a football point of view. You just hope this can be resolved and we can get back playing again
It’s believed that Clare Whyte, the SFA Compliance Officer, is looking into the situation involving Hearts and Partick Thistle in relation to disrepute charges.
If Scottish football matters go to the civil courts there could be a threat from UEFA who insist that disputes are taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.