Now that Scottish football has been suspended indefinitely, attention among the Celtic support will turn to what happens to our title.
Neil Lennon’s men enjoy a whopping 13 point lead at the top of the Premiership, with just eight games remaining for the Hoops.
Nine in-a-row looks a relative certainty, but the fact that it’s not officially in the bag creates an interesting dilemma for Scottish football authorities, with football unlikely to be played for a number of weeks.
The Daily Record have narrowed down the future to four possibilities. They are:
- complete the season over the summer
- declare the league and cups null and void
- declare the league as it currently stands
- end of season play-offs to decide the league
The truth is that only one of these solutions is in the spirit of fairness.
The league must be finished, no matter the timing
Declaring this season’s tournaments null and void would be the worst measure by far. It would effectively undo all of Celtic’s brilliant work in the league (and Scottish Cup) thus far, rendering it irrelevant.
It must be avoided at all costs, in the spirit of fair play.
By the same kind of logic, it would perhaps be a little unfair for us to be awarded the league championship when we’ve not yet crossed the finishing line.
Yes, we are (or certainly were) set to win the league. But awarding us the title by default would leave a bit of an asterisk hanging over it.
End of season play-offs are a non starter too, given that they would effectively level the playing field after we have been so dominant in the league this season.
That leaves just one option: finishing the season no matter the timescale.
Nobody knows how long his Coronavirus pandemic is going to continue for. It seems like it may just be in its infancy at present.
But the league must be finished, even if that means taking a few months off for things to calm down.
You wouldn’t start the second series of a show on Netflix when you haven’t finished the first. So why would football start a new season when the current one hasn’t been concluded?
These are unprecedented times that will require real leadership. Time will tell what they bring.
Of course there are more important things out there at present. But that doesn’t stop football from mattering to a lot of people.
The fairest judgement must be reached.