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‘I DON’T THINK IT’S POSSIBLE,’ EX-SCOTS BOSS DOESN’T RATE RIVALS’ CHANCES OF CATCHING CELTIC

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FORMER Scotland boss Craig Brown has urged the SPFL and SFA to do all they can to make sure the Premiership campaign is played out in full.

Football worldwide has, of course, gone into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Scots top flight, as well as the Championship and Leagues One and Two, have been on hold since March 13.

It remains to be seen how the four divisions will be played out and, while confusion reigns, some have called for the season to be declared null and void – which will NOT happen – while others believe time should be called as it stands, with current league positions counting as final which would see Celtic being awarded their ninth successive championship.

Others insist the schedule should resume when it is safe to do so.

Celtic’s stance has been to continue when it is possible to do so and, with a 13-point advantage over their nearest challengers with eight games to go, the Hoops are odds-on favourites to complete the job to lift their ninth flag in a row.

Brown cannot see the Parkhead men fail when they are so close to the finishing tape.

A joint statement from the two Scottish football governing bodies is expected later today and 79-year-old former gaffer, a well-respected figure in the game, has called for league chiefs to try to find a way to play to a conclusion.

Brown, speaking to the Herald and Times, said: “I think we need to play out the games as if it was the end of the season. I think for fairness this would be the best way.

“Nobody could complain if, when we get the clearance to play, we take the next fixture on the schedule.

“There’s obviously complications with players out of contract and such like, but I think you have to complete the fixtures with the players you have. Whatever resources you have at the time you use and it’ll be the same for everyone.

“Rangers think they can make up the 13-point gap to Celtic, but I don’t think it’s possible. You have to keep positive, but in a few short months they lost a very good position.

“It could happen the other way around, but it looks less likely with Celtic having better resources and better players.

“So, I don’t think it is possible, but I am quite sure even if you are a Celtic fan you would want to finish the league and win it properly and honourably.”

 
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