'Biggest losers are Celtic...' - Exclusive: SPL clubs sweat over update, pundit reacts
Alan Hutton claims that Celtic will be the “biggest losers” from the SPFL’s move to try and end the Premiership title race with Rangers early.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender admits he has concerns over naming teams as champions when there are multiple teams mathematically in the running.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Celtic and Rangers are sweating over the fate of the Premiership season as they await an update from UEFA over whether the campaign can be cut short.
The SPFL confirmed last week that the bottom three tiers of Scottish football had come to an immediate end after a vote passed by member clubs.
However, despite the Bhoys being on course to be crowned champions if the green light is given to bring the Scottish top flight to an early end, Hutton believes the decision will cast a cloud over the achievements of Neil Lennon’s men.
Asked if he thought Celtic could consider themselves title winners should the season be called now, Hutton told Football Insider: “For me I’m always going to say no because I’m a Rangers fan.
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“I think the biggest losers are Celtic out of the whole situation. At the end of the day they’re to ones going for the title, 13 points ahead and they would have probably wanted to finish it off in style, going for nine-in-a-row.
“These things happen, it’s out of everyone’s hands and it’s a difficult situation. You can’t just hand out titles for the season ending. I totally understand everything that’s going on with the virus and how it’s affecting life, we have to make sure that’s A-OK before everything starts.
“To relegate teams and to give teams titles when there’s an opportunity of teams staying up or winning leagues, it’s just so difficult, I find it hard to give out titles when seasons aren’t finished.”
With the season currently postponed, Celtic sit 13 points ahead of second-placed Rangers, although Steven Gerrard’s men have a game in hand.
The Glasgow giants were set to face off against each other on the weekend that all Scottish football was called off.
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