By Noel Whelan

11th Apr, 2020 | 2:56pm

'I don't think so' - Exclusive: Major Celtic title claim after SPFL vote by Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed that the Scottish Premiership title will not be tainted for Celtic if they are awarded it based on current league standings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen hitman suggested that bitter rivals Rangers have already accepted the fact that the Bhoys cannot realistically be caught.

Neil Lennon’s side are currently 13 points clear of their Glaswegian neighbours, with eight matches left to play – although the Gers do have a game in hand.

The SPFL held a vote on Friday with view to ending the season immediately for Leagues One, Two, and the Championship – with similar measures touted for the top flight if current lockdown rules prevent games from being played in the future.

No definite resolution has been reached as a result of that ballot, but Whelan believes that even if things do change and the Hoops are crowned for a ninth consecutive time, circumstances will not affect how their win is perceived.

When asked whether the title would be tainted during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “No, I don’t think so.

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“I think Rangers know they’re not going to win it, even if they win both of the Old Firm games that were meant to be played.

“I think Celtic would have got enough points to see the season through and be champions. Rangers realise that as well.

“All Celtic need is for 75% [of SPFL clubs] to say yes, and I’m pretty sure they’ll get that.”

Prior to the suspension of play in Scotland, Celtic had not lost a domestic match since the midseason winter break.

The Hoops’ last defeat outside of European competition remains the 2-1 Old Firm loss to Rangers at Parkhead in December.

In other Celtic news, Rangers sniff a Hoops conspiracy as Ibrox legal plan mooted.