Former Celtic player Charlie Nicholas has said calls for the title to be handed to Neil Lennon’s side are premature, despite the season having been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
All Scottish football matches have been postponed until April 3rd, at the earliest, but there have been claims from pundits, and Lennon himself, that the Hoops deserve the title even if another game isn’t played.
Nicholas feels that patience will be required and that there should be no sweeping judgements about the outcome of the campaign:
“You can’t finish anything until it’s concluded. I’m all for and I can understand people saying: ‘This is Celtic’s title, they should be handed the title’, but it’s not finished, it’s not complete.”
“Will they win it? Of course, they will win it… Nobody actually knows the time-frame on this. This is why we have to be patient with each other. I think the decision (to shut down) was made with common sense and now we can hopefully get things back on.”
Celtic are currently 13 points ahead of Rangers with eight games to go, but they would need at least another 15 points to mathematically clinch nine in a row.
There will likely be talks held at the highest level to decide what should happen if the pandemic prevents games from going ahead in the coming months. As Nicholas says, though, patience is required, especially due to the level of uncertainty surrounding the severity of the outbreak.