Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish is concerned that the ongoing legal drama involving Hearts, Partick Thistle and the SPFL could lead to others challenging the validity of Celtic’s 2019/20 Scottish Premiership title, writing in his Sunday Post column today.
The Edinburgh side are seeking to challenge their relegation to the Scottish Championship, alongside Thistle, and prevent the promotions of Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers.
Dalglish believes that, if they are successful, things in Scotland could get even messier and directly impact the achievement of Neil Lennon and his Bhoys.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “If Hearts and Partick Thistle emerge successful from their legal action against the SPFL’s decision to relegate them, then Scottish football will end up in one almighty mess.
“It could lead to another potential court case, and it could be that other clubs may well choose to challenge the validity of awarding Celtic the Premiership title.
“The overall thinking could be that if it’s deemed to have been illegal at one end of the table, then the same rules should apply at the other end. Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers have all been served with court papers that may lead to their promotions being quashed, and their title-winning triumphs, basically, counting for absolutely nothing.
“This is an almighty tangle, but there is every chance that this is just the start and it could become even more complicated and uglier.”
It should be stressed that the legal action that the two clubs have taken makes no reference to the validity of title wins, simply the mechanism of promotions and relegations.
In fact, they specifically mentioned in a joint statement it’s not something they would pursue.
However, Dalglish clearly thinks another party could come into the mix, if a precedent is set, and try to void Celtic’s nine-in-a-row triumph.
We know that kind of action is not beyond the realm of possibility considering some of the bitterness in Scottish football over the last few months.
There are plenty out there who have argued against Celtic being named champions.
The club must remain watchful of any growing resentment as well as the upcoming legal fight set to play out between the aggrieved relegated parties and the league body.