Former SFA figure Roger Mitchell says Celtic should be champions

By David Walton

March 23, 2020

Former SFA Chief Executive Roger Mitchell believes it’s total “fantasy” to get football back up and running by the end of April.

Scottish football and English football is currently suspended until April 30th. This is due to the ongoing health crisis as things around Britain continue to worsen.

Since the game in the UK came to a close, there’s been plenty of debate regarding what happens with titles. Most, however, would prefer if the season could end and all games get played out when feasible.

No games will be played at Parkhead for a while (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

However, Mitchell, speaking in an interview with the Scotsman, believes it’s fantasy thinking to believe football can return at the end of next month, as he outlined why Celtic should be champions.

“Here’s where I think we are today: Uefa want the domestic leagues restarted by the end of April but I know a lot of football people around Europe and that’s total fantasy. The thing is, the leagues know this, so we are in this phase where everyone is pretending there will be a finish.

“What my friends are saying to me is that at some point Uefa or the national governments will instruct the football bodies to call an end to 2019-20. This will be done.

“The season will not be null and void. Promotion and relegation will be decided. There’s a formula for ascertaining likely points totals but I don’t think in Scotland this will change anything: Celtic will be champions and Hearts will be down.”

Deadline date from UEFA unlikely to be moved

With UEFA having given leagues around Europe until June 30th to wrap things up, it doesn’t leave us with much time to get things done (Daily Record).

SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell has confirmed that the Scottish Cup games will go ahead when possible. However, he stated it could happen at any point in 2020 (BBC). Therefore, that leaves the prospect open that we could effectively be finishing this season’s Scottish Cup in the next campaign.

But Mitchell is likely spot on here regarding UEFA’s potential intention to close up the 2019-20 season. When that happens, it’s surely going to be at a time when next season won’t be disrupted.

Neil Lennon could have his hands on the trophy again very soon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As soon as you start carrying over the previous campaign into July, it immediately affects pre-season training for next season. It’ll be interesting to see if UEFA allow that to happen or not.

We all know the health crisis has yet to peak here in the UK too. This isn’t just going to go away one day and it’ll suddenly be okay to play football again. This is going to be a long, painful process.

Therefore, nobody will be surprised if the leagues get canceled. Should that happen, Celtic will hopefully be named as the rightful champions.