Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton thinks the recent dramas involving the SPFL and Rangers are simply a poor attempt deflection tactics from the Ibrox side, writing in his Daily Record column over the weekend.
Our rivals have been engaged in a very public and ill-tempered feud with the league body, demanding the suspension of Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, for issues they perceive to have influenced the outcome of a recent club vote to potentially end the Premiership early on an average points per game basis.
That would, of course, mean Celtic become nine-in-a-row champions.
With football unlikely to go ahead in Scotland anytime soon (Scottish Sun), sadly Neil Lennon’s Bhoys probably won’t get to see out the season on the pitch.
A final and confirmed decision on the outcome of the Premiership is expected this month, with UEFA setting a deadline of 25th May for leagues to declare how they will proceed.
Sutton reckons Rangers’ failings in the top-flight have been the catalyst for their campaign against the SPFL.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “Rangers need a reality check from the top all the way through. The champions of point scoring who don’t score enough points where it counts. On the park.
“This whole dossier just screams one thing. Deflection, deflection, deflection.
“Rangers have mastered the art of covering up bad situations by deflecting attention elsewhere to other things and other agendas and this has been another masterstroke of taking the eyes of fans away from the bigger issues.
“Like, why did the team fail so badly again in the quest to deliver silverware?”
It’s fair to say there will be plenty of fans who would line up behind Sutton’s thinking here. There’s a perception that the outrage coming out of Ibrox is simply designed to call into question the validity of the 2019/20 Premiership season.
Unfortunately for them, Celtic look destined to become champions in almost every scenario moving forward, with a massive 81% of clubs in the country voting to end the season in line with the SPFL’s proposals.
If the Ibrox side don’t learn from their mistakes then surely it is only impacting on their own chances of mounting a credible challenge next season?
Celtic’s claim to nine-in-a-row can’t be taken away and we’ll be more motivated than ever when going for ten.