With every passing day it becomes more inevitable that Celtic will be crowned Scottish Premiership champions and with it seal an historic 9-in-a-row.
Despite the 13 point gap to Rangers, apparently, there was “still a chance” that they could be caught according to a Glasgow Evening Times interview with Gavin Rae, one time skipper of the Ibrox club.
So what has Rae said?
Despite the huge gap, Rae felt that his old side could still have closed the gap:
“Celtic are so far in front at the moment and they’ve been the form team since January,”
“They’ve looked like they were going to win the title. But that wasn’t mathematically definitive, they could still be caught. I can see from both sides, Rangers will be unhappy at not being given the chance to catch them.
“I think the majority of players would love to see the season played out. Even if you’re Rangers, a few points behind, there are still a couple of Old Firm games and a chance. As hard as it sounds and far away as they were, there is still a chance. Though, from a Celtic point of view, it would be fair because they’re so far in front. It’s through no fault of Celtic’s own that they’ve not been able to finish the season.”
So is Rae correct?
In a word, no. Mathematically it may have been possible, but this doesn’t take into account just how poor Rangers were playing compared to how well Neil Lennon’s side had been performing.
Celtic had a level of consistency that has rarely been matched in Scotland and had dropped points just once since the winter break, across the city, Steven Gerrard had his team stumbling from one disaster to the next and scraping by against the likes of Ross County.
Whether or not they want to accept it is irrelevant, the 2019/20 season is over, there will be no football in Scotland for quite some time despite the SPFL Chairman’s plan to get things up and running again by the end of July – even though this is at odds with the advice coming out of Holyrood and there is only one winner in that battle, much like the destination of the Premiership title.