Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is comfortable with Celtic being named champions in the event the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership season can not be completed, speaking to BBC Scotland this weekend.

Reports over the weekend state that meetings will occur at Hampden early this week, with a growing expectation that the SPFL will call time on the current campaign.

That would likely result in Neil Lennon’s Bhoys get the recognition they deserve, despite desperate measures potentially being taken by Rangers and Hearts.

For McInnes, one of Celtic’s closest rivals in recent seasons, it’s not an issue for the Hoops to be given the big prize.

As quoted by BBC Scotland, he said: “If there’s a way this can be finished, we need to not give up on that too soon. But we’re all realistic enough to know that it’s becoming less and less likely.

“The likelihood is Celtic would go on and win the league so maybe that decision – if we can’t get the league finished – might be easier to deal with, unless you’re a Rangers supporter, and I see a lot of common sense in that.


“The UEFA statement doesn’t help, trying to apply pressure. The self-interest there is clear.

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“I don’t think any federation should be penalised for doing what’s fair and right for their country, including ours.”

It sounds as if, in Aberdeen, Celtic will have one major ally when it comes to the league’s decision.

The Dons will want to ensure there is clarity moving forward in order to best prepare for the financial challenges ahead.

They could even snag a European spot reserved for the Scottish Cup, based on their current league position.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Aberdeen are no friends of Celtic, McInnes especially so, highlighting that naming the Hoops as champions could ultimately be the best thing for Scottish football as a whole given the current situation.

Others in the league may have to quickly get used to that.

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