Alex Bruce has insisted that Celtic should be handed the Scottish Premiership title if the season is cut short as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the current standings must be respected if fixtures are cancelled.

As confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday, the Scottish Government will call for gatherings of over 500 people to be called off from Monday, plunging the Premiership season in serious doubt.

Speaking to the media, Celtic midfielder Scott Brown insisted that the Bhoys should be crowned champions for the ninth season in a row if the league is cut short.

Bruce has echoed the Hoops captain’s feelings, saying that no one has come close to stopping them this season.

Asked if he thought Celtic should be awarded the title, Bruce told Football Insider: “Yeah, I do. They’ve been the best team by a mile, I don’t think any teams have come close to them.

“Rangers for a large part of the season but we all know the troubles they’ve had in the last couple of months. Listen, for me it would be a real kick in the teeth if people aren’t given titles, I think it’s ridiculous.

“Obviously the powers that be need to make a decision, but if they are going to close it down they either make the decision of handing people titles and relegations in case of where we are now, or they make the games played at a later date.” 

The Bhoys currently sit 13 points ahead of second-placed Rangers at the top of the Premiership table.

They are hunting their fourth successive treble, having already won the Scottish League Cup and making it to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims one player is giving Lennon a headache after a first-team cameo.