Published On: Sat, Mar 14th, 2020

Celtic and Rangers icons clash over Scottish Premiership coronavirus stance | Football | Sport


Rangers legend Alex Rae has called for the Scottish Premiership season to be scrapped after all matches were suspended due to coronavirus fears. It means Old Firm Derby will no longer take place and it is unclear how the campaign will end.

The Scottish FA have called off all matches for the foreseeable future as Britain braces for the coronavirus to rapidly spread.

It is unclear if the season will continue when the epidemic ends or if this campaign will be annulled.

Celtic are 13 points clear at the top of the table and want to play on when the virus clears so they can claim a 10th straight league title.

But Rangers title-winner Rae feels it would only be fair to start any from scratch.

He tweeted: “If a horse race  over a mile starts and one horse is 10 lengths clear and the rest have fallen and the lead horse falls at the last hurdle do they give the lead horse the win as he was in front, does the bookies pay out as a winner? Asking for a friend?”

Celtic fans were obviously frustrated at the suggest – as was their former ace Simon Donnelly.

He replied: “You acknowledge (the) first horse is 10 lengths clear…”

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon also declared his strong feelings towards the situation.

“If it was to stop now I would doubt very much that they would say it was null and void,” he said.

“It could be death by a thousand cuts. We have played over 30 games, that’s well over two thirds of the season so we should be declared champions.

“Certainly, if you are talking about the Armageddon of the league being cancelled or stopped, it should go on the average points total which would make us clear champions and rightly so.

“We are over 30 games in to the season, they are not going to take that away from us.”

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster announced the suspension yesterday when he said: “As everyone knows, this is a fast-moving and unprecedented situation for the entire country.

“We have been in intensive and detailed discussions since last night and have also been taking on board the experience of our counterparts in England and across Europe.

“As a result, the board of the SPFL has agreed this morning that all league fixtures this weekend and next midweek will be postponed until further notice.

“The health and safety of fans, players and officials is absolutely paramount. We have not yet had any confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst players in Scotland, but, given the nature of this outbreak, it seems only a matter of time.

”We realise that many people will be bitterly disappointed, and we would obviously prefer to be in a position where we can continue as normal, but that’s neither realistic nor possible.”



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