Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton that Celtic cannot just be “given” the title as the domestic league shutdown forces the genuine prospect of season cancellation.
The ex-Ibrox gaffer and now QPR boss was speaking as the debate rages on over what happens with the league season and European qualifiers if things end as is.
Adamant that he’s not speaking with his Rangers head on, Warburton is sure that some Celtic fans probably agree with him too.
“I know there’s an argument in Scotland that says Celtic should be given the title and put forward into next season’s qualifiers for the Champions League,” said Warburton [Daily Record].
“But think about that for a minute. We don’t even know when those qualifiers will take place.
“Also I believe you have to win a title. You can’t just be given it.
“That’s not me speaking with my Rangers head on. You’ve got to win a title and I think any honest Celtic fan would agree.
“Down here Liverpool need two more wins before they can rightfully call themselves champions. That’s why we have to finish the domestic programme. There has to be integrity to the competitions.
“Obviously that will cause problems further down the line in terms of next season’s schedule but, without being rude, we’re going through a global pandemic. Thousands of people are dying.
“So how can anyone expect next season to be the same as always? At some point football is going to have to feel a bit of pain.
“If that means doing something radically different to shorten next season, starting it in November or December, then that’s what we have to do.”
The no-nonsense approach of Warburton comes as UEFA extend their deadlines for domestic league seasons to resume until August 3rd.
That means football associations across Europe have four months to kickstart their campaigns as the governing body desperately try to finish off the league season.
UEFA are said to be angry with Belgian football authorities [Dale Johnson] for awarding Club Brugge the nation’s First Division title early.
The European governing body are adamant an attempt must be made to play games until the deadline and clubs face expulsion from European competition if this is not adhered to.