Scottish Premier League giants Rangers have posted an official statement which implies that Celtic cannot be crowned as the champions unless all 38 games are played this season.
The Hoops are currently 13 points clear at the top and mathematically Rangers can still win the title.
The statement read: “Rangers are continuing to monitor the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus and its impact on football at all levels. I reiterate Steven Gerrard’s comments this morning that football is secondary to the health and well-being of the citizens of the United Kingdom. Life is precious and as a society, we must endeavour to do everything we can to protect the most vulnerable in our community. As a club, we will continue to follow government guidelines and advice relating to the health and safety of all members of staff. It is our firm view that this season’s league competition (2019/20) is only complete when all 38 games are played by all teams. For the avoidance of doubt, we believe that final standings can only be confirmed when all games have been completed, not before. Any attempt to finish the season with a significant amount of games still to play, impacts upon the integrity of sport in Scotland. Furthermore, we are strongly opposed to playing games behind closed doors. Rangers fans have stuck by our club in the darkest of times. Their loyalty will not be forgotten and they will not be left behind.”
It will be interesting to see how the football association of Scotland react to this move.
Currently, the games are postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, Neil Lennon suggested that the title should be awarded to Celtic because of their considerable lead at the top of the table if the season cannot be completed.
Celtic are aiming for their 9th league title in a row and they will not want to compromise that record.
However, their bitter rivals are clearly not interested in giving up just yet.
Ideally, Rangers should get the chance to fight until the very end but that might not be possible if the pandemic isn’t controlled soon.
Meanwhile, Celtic won’t want their hardwork this season to go to waste either.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks. Declaring the current season null and void could result in chaos because of the financial aspects of the game.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Rangers’ statement.
Yet they claim the titles of a dead club. Distinct lack of class and decorum from sevco as usual.
— Ronnie Adidas (@_lippylipez_) March 16, 2020
Not too much to ask is it? 😎
— Thelionbrand (@thelionbrand) March 16, 2020
Oh dear, sore losers are not good for the game. Anyone who thinks Celtic will lose League or that Hearts will not end up bottom is simply in fantasy world. All that is to be decided is:
3rd & 4th place
Play off place
Under the circumstances a plan for these matters
— Bruce Henderson (@BruceHenderson2) March 16, 2020
Don’t want to end the season. Don’t want to play behind closed doors. Why didn’t they just say what they mean. Want the season to be scrapped so Celtic can’t win 9 iar. I hope they postpone it until this blows over and no one is allowed to change their squads.Then play the games
— Jonnybhoy (@Jonnybhoy2) March 16, 2020
They do realise that a null and void season could see them have to refund all season ticket money, receive no sponsorship money, no TV money and no prize money?? Admin2 incoming!
— ryan denholm (@rdenholm18) March 16, 2020
Would they be saying that if they were top at the moment.
— Jack O’Friel (@JackOFriel1) March 16, 2020