Noel Whelan claims that Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers should be fighting in the same corner when it comes to the future of the current Premiership season.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Hoops should want the 2019/20 campaign to continue after the Coronavirus lockdown rather than pushing for it to end early.
The SPFL has come under intense scrutiny for the way it has dealt with the situation in recent weeks, with Rangers issuing a scathing statement over the governing body’s resolution vote.
The SPFL announced that the bottom three tiers of Scottish football would come to an end immediately following the vote, although a decision on the Premiership will only be made once UEFA clarify what it would mean for European involvement.
Whelan believes that Celtic should have joined Rangers in fighting to keep the season going, suggesting any title win will be tainted by the season not being completed in full.
Asked if Celtic should have shared Rangers’ view, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, they should. Celtic don’t want to win it like that, even though they’ve won it to be honest, they’re not going to lose the title, they don’t want to win it that way.
“Neil Lennon, being the professional that he is and the competitor that he is, he doesn’t want to be handed a title like this, he wants to win it.
“He wants to be there on the last day of the season lifting the trophy in front of the fans, doing it the right way, concluding the games, ticking the games off, getting the W next to them and doing it the right way.
“Yeah, Rangers could (catch Celtic) if they lose all their games and they win them all but that’s not going to happen. That’s not the way you want to lift a title, you’ve earned it all the way to this point, it would have been better to finish the season.
“It just seems poorly handled and I don’t know who’s thinking these things over. If the Premier League can do it, why can’t Scotland?”