Sections of the Celtic support have been laughing their heads off at comments from Rangers coach Michael Beale regarding the title race.

Beale stated that, in his opinion, the only fair way to judge the league campaign is to go back to the half-way stage. That’s because, in his view, all teams will have played each other twice and it therefore represents a fairer assessment of a league campaign (Scottish Sun).

The Scottish Premiership title debate rumbles on

The Scottish Premiership title debate rumbles on (Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

However, this view contradicts that of his own club. Just days beforehand, Rangers released a statement claiming that a league title cannot be decided unless all 38 games have been played.


And some Celtic fans have certainly found some amusement in Beale’s hopeful words. Here’s a look at some of the reaction:

Beale’s comments go against his own club’s view

You just can’t make it up. Beale may think he’s onto something here, but even his own club would disagree with him.

Besides, if you did decide to end the campaign at the half-way stage, Celtic would still be champions. Rangers may have had a game in hand, but you then couldn’t just assume that they would’ve won it.

Title-winning Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Title-winning Celtic manager Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Rangers have effectively ridiculed the idea of finishing a season without 38 games having been played. Yet, instead, one of their coaching staff believes that the season should be completed after 19. It’s a totally inconsistent message and probably expresses the panic coming out of Ibrox.

Whatever decision the SFA/SPFL come up with, it certainly won’t be a decision to scrap the last 11 domestic rounds and assume that Rangers would’ve won their game in-hand.

If ever there was an unfair outcome to how a league campaign should pan out, Beale has certainly found it.

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