A number of Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on Rangers coach Michael Beale’s comments about the Scottish Premiership title race, the Ibrox man suggesting it could perhaps be decided from the midway point of the season.
With Scottish football now at a standstill, there has been much discussion over what to do with the season, whether it be voiding it, declaring early, or continuing either behind closed doors or further down the line when safe to do so.
The Rangers coach reckons that the only fair way to judge the league campaign is to go back to the half-way stage as, in his view, all teams will have played each other twice and it therefore represents a fairer assessment of a league campaign.
“Unless the leagues can be split in a fair way, a league with less teams like Scotland can decide to not predict into the future – but go back to a point where each team has played each other twice and use that as a fair reference of the teams level over the equal part of the season,” he wrote on his personal blog.
“If the positions are the same as at that point I think it’s a fairer reference point as each team has played each other twice.”
Celtic claimed 58 points from their opening 22 home and away league games while Rangers picked up 56, albeit with one game fewer, and as such there would still not be a clear winner were this the option taken.
Some of the Parkhead faithful weren’t exactly convinced with the Ibrox coach’s proposal, to say the least, and took to social media to have their say:
These people are just plain old embarrassing now. Clowns talking about titles, like contenders when inverness and St Mitten have won more silverware than them in the past 9 seasons…. Talkers, that’s all they’ve been for years.
— Will McCusker (@w_mccusker) March 17, 2020
Someone tell him we were top lol
— Kennedy ⭐🍀 (@KennedyCFC67) March 17, 2020
“Only 30 games played? Should be null and void, then.”
Why not judge it on the first 12?
It still wouldn’t be enough to go top?
— Swed🍀 (@Swedleypops) March 17, 2020
— Sorono12 (@Doubletreble5) March 17, 2020
Dear oh Dear. Does anyone take this football club serious anymore.
— Mark Feely (@MarkFeely6) March 17, 2020
Was that the day they went top for a few hours
— Davie Gray (@GrayDavie) March 17, 2020
😂 were Celtic not top ? Assuming he wants to count 1 game in hand as a win
— Martin Clark (@MartinC23269240) March 18, 2020
Yous already won the December Cup. 😂😂😂😂
— Garngadbhoy (@shamrockbhoy7) March 18, 2020
Neil Lennon’s charges are currently 13 points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, though Steven Gerrard’s side have a game in hand.