Former Celtic striker John Hartson has called on Rangers to perform the ‘incredible’ act of conceding the Scottish Premiership title to Neil Lennon’s Hoops, speaking to BBC Scotland earlier today.
With no real clarity about how Scottish football is going to proceed in 2020, there have been calls for the season to be declared over now in an effort to help clubs prepare for the months ahead.
How that would be structured is also up for debate, with Celtic chief Peter Lawwell insistent that the season can’t be declared void.
Rangers meanwhile are on the same page as the Hoops when it comes to the preference of somehow playing the remaining games.
Hartson though thinks the Ibrox side should take the lead and simply say Celtic are worthy champions.
Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “Rangers would come away with an awful lot of credit if they were to say ‘you have been worthy champions, you have a massive lead’.
“I can honestly say I’d be saying exactly the same if Rangers had the lead. Celtic have got to probably lose five of their last eight games to be overtaken. Let’s be realistic, that isn’t going to happen.
“It would be an incredible thing to do for Rangers, but like everyone else I don’t expect them to. It would be a commendable thing to do, but I’m not naive.”
Given some of the outlandish public statements coming out of Rangers over the last few months, Hartson’s wish seems incredibly optimistic, which he alludes to.
This is all going to play out from the SPFL and SFA end, rather than be driven by a single club or two.
It seems likely that ultimately the clubs will vote for the next steps, but no proposals have yet been put to the group.
Right now everything is up in the air and uncertainty reigns.
How long that stance is tenable for though is also a question for the authorities though.
Would it be better if firm decisions were made now, even if that means the end of the 2019/20 season?