A section of the Celtic support has reacted on social media to the news that Brora Rangers have been named the Highland League champions.
Brora had six games remaining and led the Highland League by 13 points. This led to a meeting between a league management committee as the member clubs voted to end the league season now and to name Brora champions (BBC).
Celtic, of course, currently lead the Scottish Premiership by 13 points themselves. However, Rangers have a game in hand that would, in theory, have us 10 clear with eight games to play. But the Hoops would need to lose half of their matches in order to drop their Premiership advantage.
No decision has yet been made on the future of the Premiership. Therefore, some Celtic fans were quick to jump on the news of Brora’s success:
Highland League sets a precedent, just waiting now for Doncaster to demonstrate leadership for the first time ever. Justify your salary Neil.https://t.co/TcJktRT2cq
— Joe McHugh (@videocelts) March 21, 2020
The Highland League have just announced that they've decided to conclude their season with an incomplete fixture list. Team at the top Brora Rangers – how's that for irony? – declared as champions. They had a 13 point lead after playing 26 games.
— Once A Tim Blog (@once_tim) March 21, 2020
— Insta_celts (@InstaCelts) March 21, 2020
Brora Rangers were 13 points clear with six games to play. Today they were crowned league champions.
Celtic will be next. 🍀
BBC Sport – Highland League brought to an early end with Brora Rangers awarded title https://t.co/k18AZsN9vr
— Ó Murchadha (@OMurchadha61) March 21, 2020
Brora Rangers, in the same position as Celtic, under the same governance as Celtic have been awarded winners of the Highland League.
Now that' that test case has been carried out, it won't be long until all football in Scotland is decided and awarded.
The precedent has been set
— Here We Go – 9 In A Row (@herewego9inarow) March 21, 2020
— Kevin (@Kevin41070063) March 21, 2020
No other answer. Well done Celtic👏🍀
— MickybarstewarD (@Grassizgreen11) March 21, 2020
Well done Brora, it seems that there are no Highland League clubs who are petty and classless enough to argue over who are the deserved Champions
— Barrhead Bhoy (@Barrhead_Bhoy67) March 21, 2020
Well done to the Scottish Highland Football League….Mature and sensible decision …Brora Rangers were 13 points clear which makes them worthy champions 🍀🇮🇪🍀👍 https://t.co/NKAIAZRYn0
— McCrory จิมมี่ (@JimmyBhoy22) March 21, 2020
Runaway leaders and worthy champions.
Here we go 9 in a row 🏆🍀🏆🍀🏆🍀
— CC (@TheLeatherBelts) March 21, 2020
Celtic may need to rely on other clubs
The Scottish Highland Football League released a statement confirming that it was indeed the clubs who voted on the decision.
Therefore, it wasn’t a decision taken by a governing body to end the league. Brora were able to rely on the other clubs in their division to show some honesty about them being worthy champions.
So with regards to Celtic, it only sets a precedent if other clubs in the Scottish Premiership would agree that we were rightful champions. Rangers have already released their own petty statement claiming that leagues can’t be won until mathematically impossible. Reports last week also claimed that one Scottish Premiership club was pushing for a null and void verdict (Daily Record).
Nobody knows how the rest of the clubs in Scotland would vote of course. Celtic have already confirmed that their own stance would be to play all the remaining games. Hopefully, the league gives us every chance to do so too.
It remains to be seen what happens in the coming weeks regarding the future of the leagues. However, it’s fair to say that yesterday’s decision regarding Brora was certainly interesting.