BBC journalist indicates that Celtic could be named nine-in-a-row champions within days

By John McGinley

May 13, 2020

BBC Sport Scotland journalist Chris McLaughlin was told prior to the SPFL EGM vote that if it went in the league body’s favour, Celtic could be named champions by the end of the week, he reported on the Wednesday edition of the BBC’s Scottish Football Podcast.

It seems all but certain that the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership season is in the bag, with action not taking place since March and no sign of clubs having the capability to train never mind play matches.

Celtic, sitting 13 points clear at the top of the table, now stand on the brink of winning a ninth successive league title, with just the SPFL board having to sign off on the decision.

McLaughlin reports that there is now a unanimous feeling amongst Premiership clubs that the campaign is over.

He also reckons the Hoops could be champions by this time next week.

As quoted by The Scottish Football podcast, the BBC man said: “I was told before the meeting there was a very good chance that if it went in the SPFL’s favour it would be called by the end of the week. I spoke to a few others yesterday who suggested that in the wake of the vote they may well draw breath.

“What has to happen is that the SPFL board have to convene and agree officially that the 2019/20 season is over. There doesn’t now have to be a vote between all 12 clubs.

“At the last all 12 club meeting, there was I am told a unanimous decision, or certainly a unanimous feeling, that the season could definitely not be played out.

“I would imagine that by this time next week Celtic will be champions.”

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clearly this title will not be celebrated in ideal circumstances.

Not only do the team not get to finish the job on the pitch but everyone is, rightly, preoccupied with what is going on in society elsewhere.

Nevertheless, it’s sure to be a moment that brings a smile to our faces.

We can’t begrudge ourselves a moment of joy when there aren’t many to enjoy right now.

Lennon and his team deserve enormous credit for their achievement and there’ll certainly be a countdown started towards when we can congratulate them in person.