Aberdeen legend Willie Miller has been giving his thoughts on how the Premiership should end, as he backed Celtic’s right to be named champions.
With the current health pandemic getting worse on a daily-basis, football has been firmly put on the back burner. Football clearly won’t be getting played anytime soon, and the 30th April date set by the SFA/SPFL for a potential return already looks optimistic.
Celtic released a statement claiming that they would prefer if all games could be played further down the line. There is a firm belief from some, however, that the Hoops should be given the title if that isn’t possible. Hearts owner Ann Budge, meanwhile, threatened legal action if her club is forced to be relegated (Sky Sports).
Former Dons man Miller speaks from an unbiased view, however, and has backed Celtic for the league whilst hitting back at Hearts. Speaking in the Aberdeen Evening Express, here’s what he had to say:
“No one will be happy with these decisions but we are in tough times and tough calls need to be made. Then you freeze the table and it will come down to what a club has done throughout the season before the shutdown.
“Celtic look like they will have won the league title regardless. Unfortunately for Hearts, they have had a poor season and are bottom of the Premiership while Dundee United have run away with their league in the second tier.
“If the league has to be cut off at the point it was initially halted due to the coronavirus clubs will have to accept that and legal action would not be the way to go. Clubs bottom of the league have had plenty of opportunities to get away from there this season.”
Taking the tinted specs off
Miller’s opinion isn’t just important because he’s a Scottish football legend who’s played at two World Cups and has 65 Scotland caps (SFA).
What’s important about his view is that he’s a former experienced professional footballer and manager who has an unbiased view on things. He has no reason to want Celtic to win the league given his 20-year playing career was at Aberdeen. He also has no reason to want Hearts to go down considering they’re no threat to the Pittodrie side.
In fact, looking at the Premiership table just now, Aberdeen are below where they would hope to be come the end of the season. They sit behind third-placed Motherwell, and Miller is happy to advocate it staying that way.
And he’s spot on about the Jambos too. Sure, generally they would have a 38-game fight to avoid relegation, but just look at their overall results this season.
Hearts aren’t bottom of the league because the SFA drew their name out of a hat. They’ve only collected 23 points in 30 games having won only four of them. That’s simply embarrassing. They’ve been the worst team in Scotland this season, and they can hardly complain if they have to go down for it.
They’ve almost been as bad as Celtic have been dominant. Common sense will hopefully prevail here, and you certainly can’t blame Miller for lacking in that department.