Date: 24th March 2020 at 12:30pm
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Sky Sports pundit, Charlie Nicholas, has once again nailed his colours to the mast as he becomes the latest to voice their opinion on the destination of the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership title.

Writing in his Daily Express column (reported in The Scottish Sun) Nicholas has questioned John Hartson’s logic of suggesting that Rangers should just “concede” the title to their bitter rivals.

“John Hartson said that if Rangers concede the title to Celtic they would come away with a lot of credit.

“But from who? Hartson? There is no chance of Rangers getting any credit from anywhere.

“Their own fans would be up in arms for a start.

“Hopefully we will get back playing and everything will be decided on the pitch as it should be.”

Nicholas appears to be missing the point that if the coronavirus has a prolonged effect for several months and fixtures are still going to need to be played beyond the 30th of June UEFA deadline, there would have to be a serious discussion about how to proceed with the 2019/20 season.

If there is to be no way of playing the fixtures safely then league reconstruction would have to be a serious consideration for next season and if this one was to be written off, then Celtic would have the only claim to being awarded the title – asterisk or not.

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There is an argument that teams wouldn’t want to be given the league, however, this is entirely different to the season being declared null and void, a situation SFA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, has already declared as not being up for discussion.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell have both, correctly, stated that the season should be completed when safe to do so, but if it isn’t, there is only one outcome that is fair and that is for the Hoops to be awarded the title that their form has deserved – whether or not Rangers accept this is entirely irrelevant.


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