St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has given Celtic his blessing to be crowned champions of Scotland should that decision be made.
The SPFL/SFA have yet to provide an update on what’s going to happen with the current Premiership season. All football in Scotland has been placed into a state of lockdown due to the current global health crisis.
As is to be expected, this has led to a plethora of opinions being thrown into the mix by football pundits and supporters regarding what should happen with the league title.
Goodwin, however, represents the first manager outside of Neil Lennon to openly discuss the title situation. And, speaking in comments published by the Scottish Sun, the St Mirren boss said the following:
“We’re all in a difficult situation and I can only imagine what clubs like Celtic, Hearts and Dundee United are going through. But when it comes down to it, sport is utterly irrelevant at the moment. This is a global pandemic and people are dying out there.
“If the season can’t finish, I don’t see a problem with Celtic or United being crowned champions because they’re so far ahead. But it would seem unfair if Hearts were to be relegated because they have a fighting chance of staying up.
“What do we do? I’m not in favour of playing games behind closed doors because football without fans is meaningless. I certainly wouldn’t want to be in Ian Maxwell’s or Neil Doncaster’s shoes right now.”
As it stands would also suit St Mirren
In fairness, and if we’re taking off any tinted specs, an as it stands verdict would also suit St Mirren. The Buddies sit ninth in the Premiership with no chance of making the top six.
Their main goal is to survive relegation. As it stands, they would avoid it if the league was canceled. Sure, a null and void verdict would also ensure they weren’t relegated, but they would get more money for finishing ninth than if the season was to be scrapped.
Goodwin has shown some real honesty however in admitting that it would be harsh on Hearts if they were to be relegated. The difference between their situation and ours is that Hearts are only four points behind at the bottom. We’re 13 clear, giving us a clear lead that would almost certainly lead to us winning the league.
When decisions are made on league titles and relegation, context has to be put into place. You can’t just say because Hearts shouldn’t be relegated that Celtic shouldn’t win the title. You can’t just dismiss probability.
It’s clear to any neutral that Celtic were most probably going to win the title, and by some distance too. It’s the same with Dundee United in the Championship.
So it would hardly be shameful if clubs with big advantages were given the rewards they deserve, whilst other solutions are found to deal with narrower gaps. Surely, after all, that would be the fairest way to go about things?