Aberdeen icon Willie Miller has claimed that sporting integrity may have to be “binned” and “pragmatism” allowed to take over when it comes to the outcome of the league title with Rangers and Celtic await the decision of the SPFL.

Miller admits he wanted the season to be finished but concedes it seems unlikely given the current situation surrounding Covid-19.

1989: Willie Miller of Aberdeen proudly shows off the Skol Cup trophy after the final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Aberdeen won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit:

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The Pittodrie legend knows “no one will be happy” but thinks that “tough calls need to be made.”

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“When the coronavirus outbreak started I was all for the integrity of football and finishing the league,” Miller told the Evening Express.

“Yet the longer this crisis goes on, the tighter the window to finish the leagues becomes.

“If the leagues can be finished that would be the ideal scenario but that is looking less likely if an end of June deadline is enforced by UEFA.

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“Ultimately integrity may have to be binned and pragmatism take over with hard decisions made. No one will be happy with these decisions but we are in tough times and tough calls need to be made.

“Then you freeze the table and it will come down to what a club has done throughout the season before the shutdown.

“Celtic look like they will have won the league title regardless.”

Rangers' English manager Steven Gerrard looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on March 12, 2020. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

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UEFA want domestic competitions to be completed by June 30th but it doesn’t look as though there will be any football played in Scotland before August.

Rangers and Hearts have already voiced their opposition to plans to award the title to Celtic, while one SPFL chairman claimed “self-interest” was driving the decision-making process.

 

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