Noel Whelan claimed Celtic deserved the title after they were crowned Scottish Premier champions today but admitted the players and staff will be disappointed at how the season has ended.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the circumstances in which Neil Lennon’s side have won the league will have “taken the shine off” what was a “great season”.
The SPFL today announced that the Scottish Premiership would be curtailed after a unanimous agreement that the remaining fixtures could not be completed.
Ladbrokes Premiership and SPFL Season 2019/20 curtailed as Premiership clubs reach unanimous agreement that top flight cannot be finished.
— SPFL (@spfl) May 18, 2020
The top-flight follows Scotland’s lower leagues which were ended last month.
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.
When asked by Football Insider how the news would have been received at Parkhead, Whelan said: “They would not have wanted to finish the season like this.
“There is no shadow of a doubt that they deserve it.
“The staff and the players would have liked to finish the season in the right way but you could not have seen them losing many games anyway. The gap was that substantial that it would have been near impossible for them not to win the league.
“They did enough to win it. It takes a bit of the shine off it because they have had such a great season as well and they have worked so hard for it. Take nothing away from them.
“Now it is about planning for next season.”
The final standings were deciphered on a points-per-game basis with Rangers and Motherwell finishing second and third.
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: “I would like to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season.”