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‘COMMON SENSE – DECLARE CELTIC CHAMPIONS,’ INSISTS SUTTON

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CHRIS SUTTON insists Celtic should be awarded the Premiership title – RIGHT NOW!

The former Hoops hitman reckons there should be no delay in the decision and let the country get on with more serious matters.

Sutton, now a media pundit, admitted he has been left ASTONISHED at the lack of a more immediate response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing in his column in the Daily Record, the one-time England international striker said: “It might have taken them a while to get there, but the Scottish football authorities have made the right call in suspending football indefinitely.

“These are not normal times we are living in and there are literally lives at stake. We all love football, but it frankly pales in to insignificance in these circumstances.

“To be honest, I was astonished it took them so long to call off the Glasgow derby. There was no way that could have been allowed to go ahead.

“It was ridiculous seeing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying public gatherings of more than 500 people was going to be banned – but only on Monday.

“The Old Firm game would have been a major problem. It’s not just the 50,000 who would have rolled up at Ibrox.

“It’s the tens of thousands who would have gathered in the pubs and clubs all around Scotland to watch it on the television.”

CHAMPIONS…Celtic skipper Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig hold aloft the silverware after winning the club’s eighth successive title last season.

Sutton continued: “We are not even at the starting line with this coronavirus crisis and the next few months are going to see huge disruption to all walks of life.

“It was the right decision, but now the authorities have to make another. It might seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, but they should end the season right now – and declare Celtic champions.

“There’s no way we are going to see the game returning any time soon. The English Leagues have set a date in early April, but there’s no chance of that happening.

“UEFA have rightly put the Champions and Europa Leagues on ice, but there’s an argument for just writing them off completely this year and starting them up again next season.

“They have finally acted, but I couldn’t belief they allowed the game at Ibrox to go ahead like they did on Thursday night.

“I was there and it was madness to allow hundreds of German fans to come in after a huge outbreak back in their homeland. We had some games behind closed doors and others – like Liverpool – in front of full houses.

“It doesn’t take a medical expert to see it as irresponsible to let it go ahead, especially when every other country in Europe are shutting the doors.”

Sutton added: “The four options facing the SPFL leaves Celtic’s title and Dundee United’s promotion in doubt

“Neil Doncaster said the campaign can’t be made null and void and that’s fine – just declare it straight away instead.

“No doubt there will be an angry mob up in arms at the suggestion, but it’s a matter of common sense. The hard work has been done by most of the clubs.

“Celtic are 13 points clear at the top, Liverpool are miles ahead in England. Leeds United have worked hard to get to the top of the Championship, Dundee United have done the hard yards up here.

“There would be outcry for the teams who get relegation, but I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is.

“Hearts would need to go down. I’m sure Ann Budge would be on to the lawyers, but they have been the worst side in Scotland this season and as it stands they would deserve to go down.”

Celtic had a week to prepare for their proposed game in Govan tomorrow where they knew a win against Steven Gerrard’s side would have left them with just three victories required from their remaining seven games to make certain of nine in a row.

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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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