Jim Goodwin backs Celtic claim for a title win at expense of Rangers

By John McGinley

May 13, 2020

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has publicly backed Celtic’s claim for the Scottish Premiership title, despite the season likely ending early, speaking on talkSPORT (13/05, 11:15).

Celtic are currently 13 points clear at the top of the table, having not played a game since March due to the suspension of football.

With suggestions that a decision to call the season could be around the corner after the recent SPFL drama was dealt with, Neil Lennon’s Bhoys are on the brink of nine-in-a-row.

However, there have been those decrying the situation, feeling that Celtic cannot claim to be champions as all 38 games will not be played.

Goodwin doesn’t see it like that.

Speaking on talkSPORT (13/05, 11:15), he said: “If you were to go on current form and the way the two teams at the top were playing, I don’t think anyone could deny Celtic were in a far better place than Rangers.

“They have dropped 11 points more than Celtic since the turn of the year.

“Celtic are deservedly out in front. They have been the better team this season.

“It’s a difficult situation. Is it fair on teams getting relegated? Of course it’s not. But I think it would be hard to deny the likes of Celtic and Dundee United the titles when they are so far in front, similar to Liverpool in England.”

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The St Mirren boss is, of course, spot on with his assessment.

It’s pleasing to hear fellow professionals come out with comments like this, in stark contrast to miserable pundits such as BBC Scotland’s Steven Thompson, who argued the opposite recently.

That someone currently managing in the division would public endorse Celtic title’s bid is a sign that the Premiership are ready to crown champions, even if one or two clubs might not be very happy about that.