As things stand, Celtic sit 13 points above Rangers in the Premiership table. But with the season suspended, the fat of the title is unclear at the moment.
With Celtic chasing a record-equaling ninth straight league title in a row, this season holds huge importance for the club. The feat has been achieved only twice in history. After being in touching distance of the trophy, it will sting badly if they do not lift it at the end of the season. There are genuine fears though that that might be the case.
Leagues have been suspended all around the world after the outbreak of the coronavirus. And it is unclear when things will return to normal, with a number of countries under lockdown at the moment. As a result, football is a mere afterthought in the face of this global pandemic.
Celtic fans cannot be blamed though for being worried about the fate of the league title. And many of them will be hoping that they are awarded the trophy if the season cannot be completed.
There have been conflicting reports regarding the situation. Although UEFA are hoping that all leagues can be completed by 30th June.
But Spanish FA’s decision to not award FC Barcelona the title if the season cannot be completed could have huge consequences for Celtic’s title hopes as well.
As reported by AS, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales said:
“The 19-20 season has to end with the same rules and not change, although the situation is exceptional. I cannot guarantee that the competition will end, as others have risked saying, before June 30. It is unfair that the competition ends with the classification as it is now.”
It is important to note that FC Barcelona are just two points ahead of Real Madrid at the moment. Celtic are 13 points ahead of the moment with just 8 games left to be played in contrast.
Yet Spanish FA’s decision sets a precedent for leagues all around Europe. And can you trust the SFA to hand Celtic the title in that situation, no matter how deserving they may be.