Darren Bent has claimed the Scottish Premiership title could be “tainted” for Celtic if they are handed it and insisted there’s a chance Rangers could still steal it from them.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international insisted that while the Hoops are runaway favourites to secure a ninth consecutive league crown, there is still a possibility that the Gers could perform a miraculous turnaround.

The SPFL held a vote on Friday to determine whether Leagues One, Two, and the Championship should be decided with immediate effect based on current standings, with a similar proposal mooted for the Premiership further down the line if the remaining fixtures cannot be completed.

The ballot required 75% of clubs from each of the four divisions to agree to the ruling, but has yet to be resolved with Dundee still yet to cast their deciding vote in the Championship.

And Bent believes that the prospect of enacting the measure could compromise the integrity of the Scottish game.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I don’t really like teams being given the title if it’s still mathematically possible.

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“We don’t think they can be caught, we’re pretty certain they won’t be caught, but stranger things have happened.

“If they were mathematically clear, I’d say give it to them. But the fact that there are still two Old Firms and Rangers have got a game in hand – that’s nine points still.

“They could lose other games here and there – I don’t think they will do – but I’d like to know mathematically that they can’t be caught before giving them the title.

“It might be a little bit tainted.”

Celtic are currently 13 points clear at the top of the table with eight games to play.

Rangers have an extra game in hand on the Bhoys, and there are still two Glaswegian derbies to be contested.

In other Celtic news, ‘I don’t think so’ – Major Hoops title claim after SPFL vote by Whelan.