St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick wants to see the league title awarded to Celtic and the Scottish domestic footballing system reshuffled after the league shutdown.

The Scottish Premiership side currently sits in 9th in the Scottish Premiership and Fitzpatrick believes that the SFA should take this as an opportunity to extend the league to 16 teams.

Currently the Scottish topflight has 12 sides with each team playing each other at least three times before the top six and bottom six split off.

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St. Mirren chief Tony Fitzpatrick wants to see a Hampden reshuffle of the league set-up. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

According to Fitzpatrick, the SFA should quit the posturing, announce Celtic as champions and begin to initiate this league restructuring.

“This season is done,” said Fitzpatrick [Glasgow Times].

“People don’t like it, but it’s done, so why not make the decision?


“I can understand how difficult it must be for the SPFL and the SFA, so I’m not criticising anybody, but I really think we need some clarity now.

“There’s been 30 games played, so I’m not in favour of making the season null and void, that would be criminal. But I think this is maybe an opportunity to try out something different.

“I’d like to see a 16-team Premiership, but even if it was just Dundee United and Inverness who came up, we do away with relegation and give Celtic the title, that would work for me.

“Rangers have been incredible in terms of where they came from to where they are now, but I think if we’re being honest you couldn’t see them catching Celtic.

Rangers fans don’t agree with the sentiment of Tony Fitzpatrick. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s more difficult I think to put teams down, so why not bring the two teams up?

“I would go further and make it 16 teams. I think a real revamp of Scottish football is needed, and why not take the opportunity to have a look at it?”

Naturally, many Rangers fans do not agree with the sentiments of the St. Mirren chief.

Here’s how some bluenoses reacted on Twitter to the comments of the former St. Mirren boss:


Fitzpatrick’s comments come as the debate rages on in Scotland over where the title should end up come the end of the campaign.

With that looking likely to happen through cancellation due to the shutdown Rangers have claimed that awarding any titles before the season finishes impacts on the sporting integrity of the game.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has claimed that the title should go to Celtic Park.

UEFA vice president Michele Uva revealed that if the domestic league season is cancelled, it will be up to local authorities to decide what happens with their campaigns [Scottish Sun].

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