Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes that Ibrox supporters will just have to get on with it if Celtic are to be awarded the title.
With there as of yet being no guarantees regarding the season being played out, there is a big debate going on in Scottish football. Many Celtic supporters believe they should be given the title if the season can’t finish. Rangers, meanwhile, released a statement two weeks ago hinting they would fight any verdict that deems that the case.
Celtic are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership having played a game more. In order for them to surrender the lead, the Hoops would have to lose four of their remaining eight games, which is borderline impossible.
And speaking to PLZ Soccer, Ferguson has admitted that Rangers will just have to deal with it should any verdict go against their wishes.
“If we can’t play any football then there is going to be decisions made. If that means there is champions and relegation and a bit of reconstruction then we’ll have to accept it and get on with it.
“I’ll go for the Rangers side, if Celtic are going to be made champions I doubt there will be many happy Rangers fans but if that’s decision the SPFL make you just have to get on with it.”
Don’t expect it to catch on
This is unusually level-headed from Ferguson. Perhaps he’s waking up to the realisation that Celtic have more than deserved the tag of champions if we can’t play to a finish. Exceptional circumstances could mean the league finishes early, and Celtic top it by a considerable margin.
Too many are keen to dismiss the context here. Those who are itching for a null and void are doing so for personal gain. Not because it’s fair or just.
Celtic are 13 points clear and quite clearly wouldn’t lose the league if it was played to a finish. Remember, as well as losing four of our final eight games, Rangers would’ve had to win all of theirs.
If Celtic were one point clear with two derby matches remaining, it would be a fair call to rule the season void. The fact is, in that scenario, there would only be one result in it. It’s just ridiculous to think you’re entitled to a void verdict when you’ve absolutely no chance of catching the current league leaders, which is the position Rangers currently find themselves in.
Ferguson clearly knows that Celtic deserve to win the league. He wouldn’t be talking about accepting the decision otherwise. But it shows the pettiness of our rivals that they aren’t willing to admit defeat in the title race. It’s almost embarrassing to suggest they had any hope left.
If the league was to resume, Celtic would likely go to Ibrox and end things there and then. That shows you how little work the Hoops have to do in order to effectively secure the title. Hopefully, it doesn’t come down to it, but we all know what would be fair and just if need be.