Former SFA Chief Executive Roger Mitchell has tweeted what he believes Celtic should do in order to obtain “eternal glory”.
With Scottish football currently undergoing a shutdown phase for the foreseeable future, nobody knows what will happen with the league title. UEFA had a conference call with all member associations two weeks ago, where they stated that all leagues should finish by June 30th (Daily Record).
However, that looks unrealistic. There is, therefore, a section of Scottish football fans who want the league to be called as it stands if it can’t be completed. Another section want a null and void verdict. Should the league be voided, Celtic would have to forfeit a ninth consecutive Premiership title that is all but theirs.
But speaking on Twitter, well-known Celtic fan Mitchell tweeted how he would go about things if he was the Parkhead decision-maker:
Here is what celtic should do? For the ultimate bragging rights. Ask for “null and void” themselves. And offer clubs soft loans in scotland to get them thru. Even to Rangers. Why? Coz we”ll still get TIAR, and we’ll also have eternal glory and moral high ground. No whitabootery!
— Roger Mitchell (@RPMComo) March 27, 2020
Leagues are never guaranteed
The day we start a new league campaign thinking it’s already won is the year we’ll lose the title. Nothing in football can be taken for granted, even a potential 10-in-row.
Celtic have managed to get where they are through respecting the competition. Every match we go out to play, the players are consummate professionals. Only on rare occasions have Celtic failed to get the job done domestically.
And that’s why we shouldn’t be giving anything up. By doing that, we wouldn’t just be throwing nine in a row away, we would be pressing the reset button on what’s effectively been nine months of hard work.
Celtic, should it come down to it, have every right to defend their claim to the crown. Nobody can look at you with a straight face and say they wouldn’t have won the league. Celtic, as you would imagine, will surely do their best to avoid throwing their hard work away on technicalities.
Supporters also haven’t been paying hard-earned cash on season books, tickets, and Celtic TV just to watch us throw it all away. Just imagine if we ended up losing the league, for whatever reason, two years down the line. That would be our potential 10-in-a-row season if we declared the league void this year. We can’t risk facing those kinds of regrets.
So hopefully common sense prevails. You can see Mitchell’s point here, but hell will freeze over before Celtic go about looking to void a single thing.