Danny Mills claimed Celtic deserved to be crowned champions much like Liverpool would if the Premier League was to be curtailed.

The former Leeds and Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted there will be “an asterisk” by the win but suggested the win was never in doubt.

The SPFL announced on Monday that the Scottish Premiership would be curtailed after a unanimous agreement that the remaining fixtures could not be completed.

The top-flight follows Scotland’s lower leagues which were ended last month.

The Hoops have been crowned champions for the ninth time in a row,  equalling their feats between 1965 and 1974, as well as their Old Firm rivals Rangers between 1988 and 1997.

When asked by Football Insider if the title would forever be remembered for the wrong reasons, Mills said: “They were way ahead.

“It was like Liverpool. If the season was to end now it is not too different to that scenario.

“There will always be an asterisk against that nine in a row because people will say they did not actually win it. That is was by default.

“But come on, they were way clear – just like Liverpool.

“Technically you get that little asterisk but I think they were far enough ahead. It would not have made a difference if they restarted.”

The final standings were deciphered on a points-per-game basis with Rangers finishing second having gone into the winter break with the title in their hands.

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: “I would like to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season.”

In other Celtic news, West Ham striker opens the door on a summer move after rejecting a new contract at the London Stadium.