CELTIC’S nine-in-a-row celebrations may have to be put on hold.

Inevitably, Neil Lennon’s side will be crowned champions after sitting on top of the Premiership by 13 points and only eight games to play when the game went into lockdown in mid-March due to the coronavirus lockdown.

According to some media reports, they are due to receive the 51st flag in their history today.

However, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes France football authorities’ decision to end the top flight was “premature” – and, at the same time, fired a warning to the SPFL.

The French government decreed that sporting events would be banned until September, forcing their football chiefs into ending the season with leaders Paris Saint-Germain being awarded the Ligue 1 crown.

Europe’s governing football body made clear that it will accept ending seasons early if it’s by government order or for financial reasons.

Ceferin told BeIn Sports: “For us, the important thing is to know who is champion, second, third and fourth.

“My opinion on cancelling the season so early is that it’s not ideal because many (leagues) have proven you can play, with a few exceptions.

“But it’s up to the government to say what you can do.

“In my opinion, this decision is premature. This decision doesn’t affect UEFA and I respect the decision which was taken by the relevant bodies in France.”

May 25 – an iconic date in the history of Celtic – has been pencilled for the day when the title is eventually handed over.

Of course, that was the date when Jock Stein’s team won the European Cup with a 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan in Lisbon in 1967.

Coincidentally, it was also the same date last year when two goals from Odsonne Edouard defeated Hearts 2-1 in the Scottish Cup Final to cement the historic treble treble.


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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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