'That 13-point gap could be eroded away' - Kenny Miller makes Rangers and Celtic title claim
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Kenny Miller makes Rangers and Celtic title race claim amid suspension

Kenny Miller has made an assertion about the Scottish Premiership title race between Rangers and Celtic following the suspension of the league, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The SPFL and SFA announced that all professional and grassroots football was suspended as of last Friday in reaction to the global health pandemic.

There’s been plenty of debate so far about what should happen if the remaining matches cannot be completed.

Predictably, those with Celtic connections have stressed that they should be awarded the title, while Rangers-leaning onlookers have called for the campaign to be declared null and void.

Miller recognises that those having to make the decisions have been put in an unenviable and unprecedented scenario.

However, he’s stressed that the title race is not over, suggesting that any premature awarding of the title to Celtic would be questionable.

Kenny Miller says the title race between Rangers and Celtic is not yet over. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Before the games stopped Celtic were overwhelming favourites to win the league,” said Miller, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “That’s stating the absolute obvious.”

“But what’s also stating the obvious is that Rangers sit 13 points behind with a game in hand and have still to play Celtic twice…in an Old Firm game anything can happen and Rangers would have believed they could win them both. In theory, that 13-point gap could be eroded away.

“Celtic are not two games away from winning the league [as Liverpool are in England]. It would take a capitulation from Celtic to lose it now, there’s no getting away from that, but I just don’t know what should happen and I don’t think anyone does.”

He then went on to stress that while Hearts deserve to be bottom of the table after 30 matches, it would be very harsh on them to be prematurely relegated.

Miller recently retired after a short stint at Partick Thistle. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Miller is the latest to have his say on what is proving a very divisive topic.

Stewart Robertson’s comments on sporting integrity made Rangers’ official position abundantly clear [Rangers.co.uk], while Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, wants his side crowned [BBC Sport].

If the remaining fixtures aren’t played there’s going to be a major fallout either way, but the results of Tuesday’s UEFA videoconference do offer some hope of a conventional finish to the season.

Euro 2020 has been postponed for a year [UEFA.com], so if conditions allow for it, domestic leagues now have additional time within which to be completed, while Rangers may also eventually fulfil the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen.

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