Rangers icon Ian Durrant has waded into the row over Celtic being awarded the Scottish Premiership title by the SPFL – and insists the Gers’ bitter rivals are champions “simple as.”

Celtic were awarded the title after a vote of the SPFL clubs and as much as Durrant would have “loved to have seen the league played out,” he admits it wasn’t to be for Steven Gerrard’s side – who he believes weren’t “given the opportunity” to catch Celtic after football was called to a halt in March.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Walter Smith manager of Glasgow Rangers and coach Ian Durrant laugh during training at Murray Park prior to tomorrow night's UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Glasgow Rangers and Manchester United at Ibrox Stadium on November 23, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“Celtic were given the league. They voted and gave them the league. They are champions. Simple as,” Durrant said, speaking to the Sunday Post.

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“You would have loved to have seen the league played out, but we weren’t given the opportunity.”

With the likelihood of football returning behind closed doors, Durrant doesn’t seem too enthused by the prospect and thinks the recent Bundesliga games have felt like “training games.”

The former midfielder has a wealth of Old Firm experience but admits something will be missing if Rangers and Celtic go head-to-head in an empty stadium.



“I’ve played in the Old Firm derbies and the atmosphere is second to none,” he continued.

“Now, like everyone else, I’ve been watching the Bundesliga games on TV and it feels as though some of them are training games.

FORRES, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Rangers assistant coach Ian Durrant takes training prior to the William Hill Scottish Cup match between Forres Mechanics and Rangers at Mosset Park on September 29, 2012 in Forres, Scotland.

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“Without fans, I don’t think football will be anything near what it can be.

“Is the quality going to be any good? Is that pressure on people to perform now that there’s not 20,000, 40,000, 60,000 fans watching you?”


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