'It does not sit right' - Exclusive: Kev Phillips reacts to major Celtic development

Kevin Phillips claimed the way in which Celtic were awarded the Scottish Premiership “does not really sit right” after the SPFL curtailed the season.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the season “will always be remembered” for the wrong reasons after Monday’s decision.

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 Hoops have been crowned champions for the ninth time in a row, whilst Hearts were relegated with eight fixtures to play in the 2019/20 season.

The top-flight follows Scotland’s lower leagues which ended in controversial fashion last month.

Rangers called for an independent investigation into the vote which ended the season but were not backed by enough SPFL clubs to succeed in their efforts.

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When asked by Football Insider if the right decision was taken in Scotland, Phillips said: “I would not ever want to see a league be determined by that.

“It will always be remembered as the championship that was won without the season being finished.

“It does not really sit right with me but I understand that they have made a decision and that is fair enough.

“Someone’s joy and excitement is somebody else’s desperation and Hearts will feel that they would have had a chance of getting out of this if the fixtures were completed.

“It is a strange one but it has been done and congratulations to Neil.”

The final standings were deciphered on a points-per-game basis with Steven Gerrard’s side finishing runners-up.

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

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