Former Celtic player Davie Provan agrees with club chief executive Peter Lawwell that the Scottish Premiership season should not be declared ‘null and void’, writing in his Scottish Sun column.
Lawwell released a statement to supporters on Thursday stating that his preference was to somehow complete the season should the advice from health experts and the government allow.
However, Lawwell does not want the season to be voided because of the huge consequences that could have for the Scottish game.
That’s something Provan agrees with, though he couldn’t help sticking in a few petty digs at Lawwell regardless, suggesting Lawwell only wants the season to be over so he can sell season tickets, as well referencing a forgotten Scottish football drama from 12 years ago.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the pundit said: “Having been as vocal as a Buddhist monk recently, it was good to see Peter Lawwell admit he wants this season’s fixture list completed. Mind you, as the champion of sporting integrity who opposed altering the 2008 season to help Rangers’ European campaign, he could hardly say anything else.
“I’m guessing privately Lawwell would have happily accepted the title now allowing him to get on with flogging season books for the ten-in-a-row extravaganza. But if he found himself boxed in over the issue, he was right in saying this season can’t be declared null and void. That would leave broadcasters and season-ticket holders demanding money back.
“Under no circumstances should seven months of league results be wiped out.”
It’s known that he is a vocal critic of the club but it seems that even when Provan and Lawwell agree on an issue, he can’t put his grievances aside and just tackle the issue at hand without veiled insults.
Lawwell’s statement was absolutely spot on last week and laid out a clear approach that Celtic are taking to the ongoing crisis.
With Celtic also donating £150,000 to community causes right now, it’s fair to say the club are handling everything as best they can and deserve support.
None of this is easy for anyone to navigate and although there are wider social issues at play than football, the Bhoys also need to lay out how they think things should proceed.
Hopefully we get plenty of clarity from the SFA and SPFL before too long.