Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan feels sympathy for Neil Lennon’s Celtic because they did not get to share the nine-in-a-row triumph with supporters, skewering any suggestion of a challenge from rivals, writing in his Scottish Sun column.
Celtic were officially declared 2019/20 Scottish Premiership champions yesterday after a unanimous consensus amongst all 12 top-flight clubs that the season could not continue.
Some pundits, such as Ally McCoist, have tried to cheapen Celtic’s achievement (talkSPORT) but Provan is not one of those, refuting the idea that second-place side Rangers would have managed to get close to the Hoops had the scheduled eight games been played.
Writing in the Scottish Sun, he explained: “They’ll take huge satisfaction from winning a ninth consecutive title but they’d have been desperate to share the moment with their supporters.
“If Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer are currently getting the sympathy vote over this crazy season, spare a thought for Celtic.
“Looking fragile on the day they lost at home to Rangers in December, they have been relentless since the winter break. Spare me the idea Steven Gerrard’s side could still have stopped nine in a row.
“While Celtic were going like a steam train before this pandemic, there was nothing in Rangers’ form to suggest they’d run the Hoops close. The clever money would have been on Celtic widening the gap.”
Clearly this will be the predominant view amongst Hoops supporters too.
Any insinuation that this title is not as valid as others or that Lennon’s team don’t deserve it are absolutely absurd.
Further than that, it’s just a really bitter point of view and people like McCoist should know better given their prominent media positions.
Provan is hardly shy when it comes to criticising the Hoops so, despite being a former player, he has no reason to embellish the achievement of Celtic this season.
Thankfully the club have managed to get the manger out there in the media this week, alongside other players, putting across the Celtic point of view.
We were 13 points clear by the team football was suspended, looking better and better on the pitch with every passing week.
Nine-in-a-row was delivered. Now it is time to go for ten.