Mikael Lustig has told The Daily Record that Celtic deserve to be awarded the Scottish Premiership title this season ahead of Rangers, after Club Brugge were announced as Belgian Pro League champions – ahead of Lustig’s Gent.
With one game remaining in the regular Belgian campaign, Brugge sit a whopping 15 points clear of Gent at the top of the table. There is a play-off system after the 30 original league games are played, but Brugge are miles ahead.
Celtic, meanwhile, sit 13 points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table. However, The Gers boast a game in hand over Neil Lennon’s side, and have to face Rangers twice before the end of the season.
That could see The Gers catch Celtic up as much as nine points – if they win both Old Firm derbies. But Lustig believes Celtic deserve to be awarded the Scottish Premiership title if the season has to be finished now, but if it can be played, it should be.
“It is not any surprise that I think Celtic deserve to win the league and be named champions,” Lustig said. “I know Celtic would prefer to play the rest of the games and to win the trophy after that but that doesn’t look like it is going to be possible.
“As things stand, Celtic is 13 points clear and they deserve to win the league. At the moment, if they declare Celtic champions then the other side of Glasgow are going to say they didn’t deserve it and vice versa.
“It is going to be strange for everyone but unless they somehow find a way to play the games and finish the season, but if they can’t then Celtic have to be named as champions.”
TBR’s View – Celtic deserve the title, but season needs to be finished
They deserve the title, but the gap between Celtic and Rangers is nowhere near as big as the gap between Gent and Club Brugge. With one regular league game left, Brugge were 15 ahead of Gent.
As aforementionted, Rangers could reduce their 13-point deficit to just four. If Celtic are awarded the league title, many will remember the 2019-20 title as the one with the asterix. The season needs to be finished, even behind closed doors.