Speaking on talkSPORT, Rangers legend Ally McCoist has asserted that Celtic’s 2019/20 Premiership title is not tainted but it will always have an asterisk attached to it.
The Gers all-time top goalscorer was asked for his thoughts after the SPFL brought the top-flight season to an end and officially declared Celtic champions.
Ladbrokes Premiership and SPFL Season 2019/20 curtailed as Premiership clubs reach unanimous agreement that top flight cannot be finished.
— SPFL (@spfl) May 18, 2020
The decision has enraged many Rangers fans and McCoist believes the title will always come with a footnote given that it wasn’t mathematically won.
“Rangers had a game in hand, so could Rangers have caught them? Absolutely,” said McCoist on talkSPORT. “Was it likely? No, not at all. It’s probably highly unlikely Rangers would have caught them, but the fact of the matter is they still could have caught them.”
“Celtic will have an asterisk next to it, of course they will. There’s a big, big difference between the word ‘asterisk’ and the use of the word ‘tainted’. Massive difference.
“The title and the promotions aren’t tainted, but clearly and understandably, you can’t argue there’s not going to be an asterisk because this season has been different. The asterisk will say, through no fault of their own, this season has been different.”
The words ‘tainted’ and ‘asterisk’ have been commonplace amongst Rangers supporters ever since the suggestion that league placings would be finalised on a points per game basis.
McCoist has tried to show the two to have different meanings but for many, they make the same point.
As far as Rangers fans are concerned, there are now multiple question marks around Celtic’s nine-in-a-row run. The Hoops have benefitted from points deductions to Rangers, from their rivals being away from the top flight for four seasons and now, from being awarded a title they hadn’t yet been mathematically won.
That is seen as sitting in stark contrast to the Gers’ 9-in-a-row run in the 90s during which they unquestionably dominated the Scottish game.