Scottish Gossip: Coronavirus, SPFL, Hearts, St Johnstone, Livingston, Aberdeen

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The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the Scottish government to consider utilising new emergency powers to impose a closure order on grounds until 1 July. (Times, subscription required)external-link

Manager Daniel Stendel will give up his salary entirely to help lead Hearts through the Covid-19 crisis after staff were asked to accept a 50 per cent wage cut to avoid a financial meltdown at Tynecastle. (Sun)external-link

There is a push from a string of clubs to try to increase the Premiership to 14 teams from next season - if the coronavirus destroys this campaign, with teams at the top of the Championship and bottom end of the Premiership already sounded out. (Daily Record)external-link

Hearts players and others across Scotland are seeking legal advice over a contract clause which states their wages could be suspended immediately. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Former Hearts chairman George Foulkes has appealed to the Tynecastle club's highest earners to accept a cut in pay in order to safeguard the future of the Tynecastle club. (Herald)external-link

Defender Clevid Dikamona, a free agent in the summer, is set to knock back a 50 per cent wage cut and terminate his Hearts contract. (Daily Record)external-link

Friday night football should be the way forward for the Scottish game after it re-emerges from the coronavirus crisis, according to St Johnstone owner Geoff Brown. (Courier)external-link

Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has urged Scottish football fans to unite in a bid to ensure all 42 league clubs survive the coronavirus lockdown. (Sun)external-link

Livingston believe they can still achieve their goal of becoming debt-free despite the Scottish game being plunged into uncertainty. (Daily Express, print edition)

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has issued a rallying cry for the football club to be at the heart of the city's fight against coronavirus. (Press & Journal)external-link

Scottish football will enjoy a "sea change" in TV coverage as a result of the new £160m Sky Sports deal which kicks in next season, according to Neil Doncaster. (Daily Record)external-link

BT Sport presenter Darrell Currie hits out at Neil Doncaster after the SPFL chief executive's criticism of the broadcaster. (Sun)external-link

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