Former Scottish FA chief executive and ex-Rangers player Gordon Smith considers Celtic as the champions of the current 2019-20 season even if the season cannot continue due to the current lockdown, the Daily Record reports.
Smith admits that he doesn’t envy the decision that the Scottish football authorities will have to take going forward.
However, he believes that should the season have to come to an early halt, the current standings are valid due to the number of league games played so far this season.
“There are too many imponderables to give a definitive but if the coronavirus situation hasn’t improved, the lockdown continues, and we simply can’t get the remaining games played then what to we do about it?” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Current standings should count”
“That is the million-dollar question and the clubs will have to sit down and at that point they will have to either declare the season over with the current standings final or say the season is null and void. My own view is that the current standings should count because there were 30 games played” he concluded.
Smith probably isn’t the most popular figure with Celtic fans – he worked for the SFA and played for Rangers – but when it comes to the standings in the league, you imagine that Hoops fans will agree with his view.
Should the season not be completed this season, then the current standings have to be honoured – which means Celtic will be declared as nine in a row champions.
Nothing can be declared at the moment
Of course, nothing can be declared at the moment as Scottish football waits to find out when it will get the go-ahead to run once more.
However, you have to imagine that a choice will be made sooner rather than later when it comes to the outcome of the season.
Smith’s view is that the standings should be valid, and he is correct.