By Alan Hutton

17th Mar, 2020 | 12:35pm

Exclusive: Alan Hutton makes surprise Celtic & Rangers claim after bold Lennon statement

Alan Hutton claims that both Celtic and Rangers will want the Premiership season to be completed in its entirety after its postponement last week.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that there would forever be a mark against any titles awarded should the campaign be cut short.

Speaking ahead of the postponed Glasgow derby, Lennon boldly stated his side should be named the Premiership winners regardless of whether all the fixtures have been played, stating: “We’d be the champions and rightly so.”

However, despite the Hoops manager’s comments, Hutton has surprisingly claimed that both Celtic and Rangers would be on the same page when it comes to the title race.

Asked if the Bhoys should be crowned champions if the season was cancelled, Hutton told Football Insider: “I don’t think they can. People are going to look at it and think because I’m Rangers that’s what I’m saying.

“Even in the Premier League I don’t think they can just hand things out, there are so many stipulations. I don’t think it’s easy to say: ‘Right, there you go, there’s the title.’

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“There will always be an asterisk next to it saying ‘Coronavirus’ and everybody will talk about it forever saying you actually didn’t win that one. I’m sure from the point of view of Rangers and Celtic they would want to see it out, however, wherever it’s done.

“Whether it be into the summer or whenever, I think everybody would want to see it finished and then there would be no ifs, buts or maybes, it was finished, that was the result and we can move on.” 

Celtic currently sit 13 points ahead of Rangers in the Premiership table, having played one game more than Steven Gerrard’s men.

In other Celtic news, Alex Bruce says the Hoops have been dealt a “big kick in the teeth” after a transfer reveal.