By Jason Jones

7th Apr, 2020 | 1:30pm

Ex-Rangers chief savages Celtic with barbed 'eight-and-a-half' putdown

Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnson has claimed that Celtic will not want an “asterisk” hanging over them if they are handed the Scottish Premiership title. 

The Hoops are currently 13 points clear of the Gers at the top of the table, but uncertainty remains over when or if the season will be completed amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

One of the options on the table is for the SPFL to declare Neil Lennon’s side as champions based on current standings, but Johnson has hit out at the prospect of that potential resolution.

Speaking to The Times, he said: “I don’t want to be frivolous about it but a lot of Rangers fans have reached out to me and basically said: ‘Mr Johnston, if Celtic are designated as winners of the league, does it mean they have won eight-and-a-half in a row?’

“That’s not something you want, that asterisk

“So, ideally, I can’t imagine that anyone really wants to have their efforts undermined or compromised or not appreciated.

“The ideal would be to get the season done but there is also the reality of the financial situation.”

Does Johnson have a point here?

Absolutely, yes.

It’s hard to look at Celtic’s precious eight-in-a-row and not feel as if it’s at least a little bit tainted by the fact that Rangers suffered that catastrophic collapse in 2012.

If they were then to be handed a ninth consecutive title while there was still a mathematical chance of them being caught then things would really be getting ridiculous.

Look, nobody is delusional here, and we all understand that in all likelihood the Hoops will win the league.

But there are still two Old Firms to go, plus the Gers have that crucial game in hand to play.

Win all three of those and suddenly the gap is just four points with six left to play.

With margins that fine, nothing is certain, and you would like to think that the SPFL recognise that too.

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