Darren Bent claims that Celtic being named Premiership champions has been tainted by the controversial SPFL resolution vote.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker admits the circumstances of the Bhoys’ success and their gloating has left a bitter taste in his mouth.
The Hoops were confirmed as champions on Monday after the SPFL brought the 2019/20 season to an immediate end amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
🍀⚪ Our 9, is your 9. We dedicate this league title to you 💚
— Celtic Football Club (from 🏡) (@CelticFC) May 18, 2020
Having played a game more than second-placed Rangers, the Hoops were 13 points clear with eight games left to play.
While admitting it was unlikely the Bhoys would be caught, Bent has revealed he has mixed feelings about them being handed the title.
Bent told Football Insider: “First of all, the vote was a sham. That leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
“I don’t think Celtic would have been caught, I don’t think Rangers would have caught them, I think they were 99 per cent going to go on and be champions it but mathematically they weren’t clear.
“That’s what I always have a little bit of pushback with – I think if they couldn’t get caught then yeah, give them the title but it’s football, you just don’t know. Yes, I was 99 per cent sure they’d have won the title but at the same time while there’s still a chance, there’s still a chance.
“I’m a bit unsure about them just getting handed the title but fair play to them, that’s nine now.”
Celtic have now won the last nine Premiership titles and 12 of the last 15, with Rangers coming out on top between 2008 and 2011.
They were also pushing for a fourth consecutive domestic treble this term, having already picked up the Scottish League Cup.
In other Celtic news, Alex Bruce has dropped a first-hand reveal of the gap between the Hoops and Rangers.