RANGERS legend Barry Ferguson insists his old club will just have to accept Celtic being awarded the title this season.

The former Ibrox captain acknowledges there will be legions of unhappy Gers fans if the SPFL hand their great rivals their ninth successive championship with the season yet to be completed.

Neil Lennon’s side currently sit in pole position 13 points ahead of Steven Gerrard’s team who have a game in hand.

The Parkhead outfit have eight games to play and also possess a vastly superior goal difference of plus 25 goals.

The Govan club’s managing director Stewart Robertson has already warned that declaring the campaign as being over based on current standings would “impact upon the integrity of sport in Scotland”.

Although there could be enormous legal ramifications if the term was declared null and void.

Ferguson, speaking to PLZ Soccer, said: “I don’t think they should scrap it.

“If we can’t play any football then there is going to be decisions made.

“If that means there are champions and relegation and a bit of reconstruction, then we’ll have to accept it and get on with it.

“I’ll go for the Rangers side, if Celtic are going to be made champions I doubt there will be many happy Rangers fans, but if that’s decision the SPFL make you just have to get on with it.”

Ferguson has also given Douglas Park his seal of approval as the new interim-chairman steps up at Ibrox following Friday’s resignation of of Dave King, as Scotzine reported.

The former five-times title-winner at Ibrox reckons the multi-millionaire, who was part of the Three Bears movement that helped to take over the club in 2015, can lead Gers through the current uncertainty.

He added: “I was surprised that Dave King left in the midst of the coronavirus, but what I will say is that the guy who has taken over from him, Douglas Park, I know him pretty well and he’s a shrewd businessman.

“He knows how to work a business, so I think Rangers are in safe hands under his leadership.

“It’s certainly worrying times, but they have the right guy, he has run a successful business for 40 years.

“I know it will be a trying time, but when I saw him being named chairman, it settled the nerves a wee bit, knowing what type of businessman he is, knowing what type of guy he is. I think Rangers will be fine and they’ll ride this storm out.

“He wouldn’t take the job and wouldn’t be writing cheques for the last couple of years if he didn’t have the finances to put into the club.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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