Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish does not think the hard work of Neil Lennon’s men should be cast aside with a ‘null and void’ decision on the league season, writing in his Sunday Post column today (15/03 print edition, Post Match supplement, page 5).
Due to the ongoing health crisis impacting football and the wider world, action has been suspended north and south of the border, with a decision pending on what happens next.
There have been suggestions the league season may not be finished, meaning that decisions also have to be made on who is relegated, if anyone, and who is declared champions of their respective leagues.
Dalglish is adamant that a ‘null and void’ decision that denies either Celtic or Liverpool a league title win should not be considered.
As quoted by The Sunday Post (15/03 print edition, Post Match supplement, page 5), he said: “What must definitely not happen is for the 2019-20 campaign to be declared null and void. That would not be fair, and any person with football at heart would admit that would be totally out of order.
“In Scotland, would it be fair to say to the Premiership leaders, Celtic, that all of their efforts in the past nine months over 30 games count for nothing? The same would apply to Dundee United in the Championship.
“Would any person without an agenda really think it would be the most-sensible outcome to deny Liverpool their chance of winning the title after doing fantastically well in their 29 league games so far to build up a 25-point lead over Manchester City with nine games remaining?
“Of course not. Nobody can allow the hard work to count for nothing. So let’s do away with any of this talk, and try to use our time and energy wisely.”
Dalglish’s preference is for the leagues to be given time to complete the season, even if it means moving the action into the summer months and multiple matches are played a week.
The Scottish legend also caveats his comments by pointing out that public health, of course, comes first and football secondary.
But in purely football terms it’s clear there is an appetite for the season to be completed somehow if the government and expert guidance allows.
How it all plays out remains to be seen but with meetings at UEFA on Tuesday, we could have a lot more clarity this week.