MARK WILSON insists Celtic’s ninth successive title should NOT be seen as tainted.

The former Hoops right-back, now manager of Brechin City, reckons Neil Lennon’s men will have deserved to be crowned champions for the 51st time in their history.

Wilson also took time out to accuse the hierarchy at Ibrox of “petty threats” during the SPFL voting turmoil.

The Hoops, who were 13 points clear at the top of the league with only eight games to play, are poised to be announced Premiership champions this month.

A UEFA meeting on Thursday could see the top-flight leagues called early, despite earlier statements insisting the campaigns must be played to a finish during the coronavirus pandemic.

As anticipated, noises from a cross the Clyde are not in sync with the thinking of the majority of the country’s footballing fraternity, but one-time Scotland international defender Wilson, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I don’t think the title should be classed as tainted.

“The record books will show that there were fewer games played, but if Rangers had won their game in hand and all teams sat on 30 games played, Celtic are worthy champions with a 10 point lead over that amount of games played.”

Wilson also threw his support behind Scotland’s football rulers in the ongoing war of words with the Govan outfit.

Dundee’s u-turn this week in the crucial ballot has seen the end of the season for clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two with Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers awarded the titles for the respective divisions.

Steven Gerrard’s outfit have been enraged by events and have called for an independent inquiry into events amid reports they have evidence that will back their claims.

They have also twice made public calls for the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal counsel Rod McKenzie.

Wilson added: “If you’ve got the evidence and its damning, why on earth would you hold on to it?

“Just release it and get on with it. I’m sure things would move a lot quicker without the petty threats.”

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