Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas has been telling it like it is regarding our points gap ahead of Rangers.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic currently sit 13 points clear of the Ibrox side at the top of the Premiership table. With only eight games of the campaign remaining, it looks almost inevitable that Celtic will stroll to nine-in-a-row if given the chance to complete the season.
Since 2020, Celtic have gone unbeaten in 13 domestic games and have won 12 of them. Rangers, on the other hand, have won only seven of 13, slipping up to Hearts (x2), Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, and St Johnstone respectively.
And speaking in the Courier, Douglas, who was Celtic’s goalkeeper during the 2003 Road to Seville, wasn’t in the mood to mess about. Here’s what he had to say on the current league title situation:
“I’ve yet to see or hear anybody tell me why a season that hasn’t started should be prioritised over one that is nearly finished. Arbroath could get relegated this season but I would still rather that happened and we finished the season off properly than we wiped the slate clean and started again.
“And don’t think that Celtic and United players wouldn’t want the same. Celtic will win the league by a bigger points’ margin than they already have and United will be champions in our league.
“It would be an injustice on those players who have earned those titles to see an asterisk next to their achievement. I know that these are unprecedented times but football will survive, no matter how long we have to wait. But the damage would be a lot worse if the public had to swallow an unfinished season. People would turn off from the game.”
This isn’t just about Celtic winning the title
There seems to be this idea that everything revolves around Celtic having the chance to win the title or not. But it’s not even just about that. Look up and down the league.
Firstly, you have Motherwell currently in third place and fancying their chances of booking a spot in Europe. There’s Aberdeen also looking to secure another season in the Europa League qualifiers too. Livingston and Hibernian will want the opportunity to cement their own places in the top six, whilst St Johnstone and Kilmarnock would surely like the chance to make a late push themselves.
You then have the relegation dogfight. Hearts deserve a true chance to avoid the drop, as do St Mirren and Hamilton respectively. It simply must be done in a fair capacity if there’s any chance of doing so.
All of that is only in the Premiership too. It’ll be the same in leagues up and down Scotland, Britain, and Europe. For clubs to be on the cusp of a variety of achievements only for a different season to be prioritised would be sickening for so many.
But Douglas has also told it like it is regarding Celtic’s points gap. Sure it’s hypothetical, but all the evidence points to the Hoops extending their lead at the top of the Premiership. Nobody can argue against that.
It’s unprecedented of course. The fact it’s going to drag on so much means that we keep having to cover the same question time and time again, but Douglas deserves credit for not trying to tiptoe around Celtic potentially winning the league. If there’s any scope for competitions to end fairly, it has to be done, even if it goes beyond June 30th (Daily Record).