RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard insists the Premiership season must be “finished in the right way”.

The Ibrox gaffer responded to comments from SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster who refused to rule out declaring the season null and void.

Gerrard, whose side face Motherwell in a High Noon showdown at Fir Park tomorrow, has led his team to the top of the table and are currently 21 points clear of champions Celtic who play Livingston at Parkhead this afternoon.

The Govan outfit are on course for their first title win in a decade, but there is the threat of football going into cold storage during the coronavirus pandemic with virtually all of Scotland in lockdown.

Scotland’s national clinical director professor Jason Leitch admitted the ongoing situation is in the balance and the top flight may not be able to be finished

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I’ve read through the interview and I think what Neil has done is put every possibility and option on the table.

“My opinion on this is exactly the same as it was in March and April. For football’s sake and the sake of competition, I think everything has to try and be finished in the right way.

“I’m not saying that now because we’re sitting where we are, in terms of the competition this year, because my opinion was the same in March and April.

“That’s my hope, that’s my opinion and that will never change as long as I’m involved in the game. It would have been my opinion at 18 years old and it will be my opinion at 88.

“Football is played for a reason and you have to finish competitions. That is my opinion.”

In the meantime, SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell has written to all 10 Championship clubs asking if they want their season to continue or if they want the league to be suspended.

All Scottish football below the top two tiers has been suspended along with the Scottish Cup due to increases cases of Covid-19 and the Championship clubs were contacted last night to determine if they wish to continue with the current campaign.

Hearts lead the table as they look to make an immediate return to the Premiership, with Dunfermline second and Dundee third.


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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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