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.
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.
“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:
And next up Ladies & Gentlemen we have Mr Tony Fitzpatrick https://t.co/TNvEnQmNwE
— Colin Stewart (@RFC_Colin) April 2, 2020
So give trophies away but do away with relegation? 😂
Seems fair and legit….😳🙄
— Ninja. (@NinjaMan54) April 2, 2020
Rangers looked a good bet to win the League in December then went to Dubai. The season fell apart after that.
Who's to say that after this lengthy spell off that Celtic won't fall apart if the season could be resumed.
If this season can't be completed, then that's how it ends.
— Peasie Ocasio-Cortez (@Peasie1965) April 2, 2020
he was an outsider in the ‘give Celtic the title’ stakes but unsurprising when you think about it
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) April 2, 2020
Imagine the shock pic.twitter.com/BGqA6FkN6Y
— ronan (@BigRonz4) April 2, 2020
You would of never guessed that Tony would of wanted Celtic to be awarded the league
Are we going to award them the cup aswell
— moyzee (@07904Am1) April 2, 2020
Its Tony Fitzpatrick today, in the "who are the media going to drag out next to hand the tims the title" pic.twitter.com/DdBbEoX2ag
— Billy (@billywizz_13) April 2, 2020
Tony Fitzpatrick: This season is over, let's get on with planning a better future
I agree with a fair bit of this tbh, I’d like to see changes in Scottish Football, & I’d vote for a bigger league
But awarding titles that weren’t won ?
Think Again Tony
— AATG (@AATG57) April 2, 2020
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].