Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson does not think Celtic should be awarded the Scottish Premiership title should the league season be cancelled completely, writing in his Daily Record column.

Football is currently suspended in many countries across Europe due to the ongoing public health crisis.

While an entirely appropriate step, it has raised all sorts of issues in the governance of football, specifically relating to what happens to the 2019/20 campaign.


Celtic are currently league leaders by a large margin but some have suggested that Neil Lennon’s squad should not be designated champions.

Ferguson is certainly in that camp, writing over the weekend.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the former Ibrox midfielder said: “I saw Scott Brown and Neil Lennon saying Celtic should be awarded the title if the Premiership was to end.

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“The majority of Rangers supporters obviously won’t stand for that. I’ve been asked my opinion on it numerous times in the last 24 hours. I’m uncomfortable with the suggestion and I’ll tell you why.

“This has nothing to do with it being Celtic. Everyone knows I’m a Rangers supporter but I’m also a football fan.

“I’m in an important title race myself with Kelty Hearts in the Lowland League. We are six points ahead of Bonnyrigg Rose with five games to go and the carrot of a play-off into League Two for the winners. But I’m not expecting the title to be handed to us. Not when we can still be caught.

“Mathematically, Celtic are catchable – that’s the bottom line.”

Unfortunately for Ferguson and his former club, it’s rapidly looking like they won’t get their wish.

Reports indicate that the SFA and SPFL are ready to call time on the league and hand out prizes based on the current placings in the Scottish Premiership (The Scottish Sun).

It’s said this will allow league money to be dished out quickly and avoid any legal ramifications of the season being declared null and void.

If that happens it could open the doors on action from broadcasters, sponsors and season ticket holders (The Scottish Sun).

General view of Hampden

General view of Hampden / (Photo by Paul Harding – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

No-one is enjoying the current situation and given the nature of the crisis public health is always going to come first.

All the footballing authorities can do is make decisions that are in the best interests of protecting clubs from further problems and it’s increasingly looking like that will see Celtic named as champions.

It’s something that Rangers supporting pundits will have to get used to and come to terms with.

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