Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson thinks the decision of the SPFL to name Celtic champions should be respected if that’s the way things shake out in the Scottish Premiership, The Sunday Post report.
Ferguson had previously suggested last month that naming Neil Lennon’s team title winners should be off the table, writing in his regular Daily Record column: “Mathematically, Celtic are catchable – that’s the bottom line.”
Now though it appears that reality is setting in and that there’s now an acceptance that whatever the Hampden decision-makers go with, clubs and supporters should go with the decision.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “I’m the manager of a team sitting on top of a league and I wouldn’t want to be crowned champions. But if that’s the way the decision is made, would I take it? Of course, I would.
“As a Rangers fan myself, would I be happy? No, I wouldn’t, but the leagues have to make a decision.
“Some people will be happy and some will be unhappy. The SPFL have a really tough decision to make and we have to respect what they decide.”
The comments fly in the face of the reported stance of Rangers themselves, with The Daily Record suggesting over the weekend that the Ibrox side could even take legal action to prevent the SPFL from calling an end to the campaign.
More of a Rangers persuasion should be signing up to Ferguson’s line of thinking.
No-one is expecting them to be happy with Celtic winning the league but if that’s the definitive action that needs to be taken to pay out prize money and sell season tickets for next year, preventing some Scottish clubs from disaster, then so be it.
Everyone would prefer the resumption of the season but it’s looking like that simply might not be possible.