The news that the Highland League has been brought to an early end, and Brora Rangers crowned champions, will certainly interest those at Celtic Park, and at every other club in Scottish football.
BBC Sport reports that at a league management committee meeting the clubs decided to end the season, and crown Brora the league winners.
Brora in similar situation to Hoops
Interestingly, Brora are 13 points clear at the top of their league – just like Celtic – but have only six league games left, as opposed to the eight the Hoops have left.
This decision could pave the way for Celtic to be crowned as Scottish Premiership champions for the ninth season in a row, if the season cannot be completed.
However, that might depend on the clubs agreeing to the move, which Rangers most likely wouldn’t. However, it is interesting to see that a precedent has been sent, and a league – albeit not a high-profile one – has decided to end early, and name its champions.
Who knows if we are close to the Scottish FA and SPFL making that decision for the professional leagues in Scotland?
It would not be the most satisfactory way to win a league title, but these are not normal times. If Celtic are named league champions after 30 games, then so be it.
Hoops have proved they are Scotland’s best
It’s not the fault of the club that football has had to go into lockdown. Celtic proved over the 30 games played that they are by far the best team in Scotland this season.
It won’t be the same as winning the title on the pitch, it would be foolish to deny that. However, in these uncertain times the Scottish football authorities will have to make a decision sooner rather than later.
It will be interesting to find out what Neil Lennon makes of this decision, after all, he said, as reported in the Daily Record, that the Hoops should be named champions if the league cannot be completed.
He will more than likely back this decision. Now we wait to find out if a similar fate will lay in store for Celtic.