'Impossible'; Steven Thompson delivers nonsensical Celtic title verdict

By John McGinley

May 6, 2020

BBC Sportsound pundit Steven Thompson has claimed it’s ‘impossible’ to award Celtic with the Scottish Premiership title, speaking on Tuesday’s edition of the broadcaster’s Scottish football podcast.

A massive 81% of Scottish clubs have voted to end the Scottish Premiership on an average points per game basis should action not be able to resume this summer due to the ongoing public health crisis.

In that scenario, Celtic would be clear winners of the top-flight. Neil Lennon’s Bhoys will have won an extraordinary nine titles in a row.

However, there are still some misguided pundits who think this is not a feasible outcome in Scottish football.

One of those is former Rangers man Thompson, who can regularly be found on BBC airwaves giving his opinion on all matters relating to the game here.

Speaking on Tuesday’s BBC Scottish football podcast, he said: “Anyone that says Celtic weren’t going to win the league is lying. They were going to win the league. A lot of my friends are Rangers fans and they had given up the ghost. Celtic were going to win the league.

“But now, if Celtic are given the league Rangers fans won’t accept that, across the board. Universally it won’t be accepted.

“How can you be given a title if you haven’t actually won the title? It’s impossible to award the title to Celtic in those circumstances.

“I knew they were going to win the league but I don’t think you can give a team the title without having played out the season.”

It’s nonsensical to declare it impossible for Celtic win a title just because Rangers fans won’t accept it. They’ve been pretending Celtic have won ‘tainted titles’ for years, without any basis.

Any argument against Celtic’s case for a title this term is similarly desperate.

Celtic are on course to be named champions again / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As stated, a massive majority of clubs in the country voted to proceed in this manner and any Premiership win will be recognised by both the SPFL and Scottish FA.

Lennon’s team have clearly been the best team in the top-flight this term and even though we’re experiencing a crisis, that hard work should be recognised.

If Rangers-leaning pundits don’t like that, they’ll just have to live with it.