By Ben Wild

24th Jan, 2021 | 8:30am

'Be in no doubt...' - Provan claims only one thing can stop Rangers winning the title

Former Celtic man Davie Provan has claimed that only the Scottish government can stop Rangers winning the title this season. 

The Gers moved 23 points clear at the top of the table on Saturday with an emphatic 5-0 win over Ross County at Ibrox.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Provan warned that COVID outbreaks could stop the Light Blues winning the title this season, or at least winning it on the pitch.

He said, “With Celtic out of the title race now, the only danger for Gerrard is the virus and the Scottish Government.

“Given the relationship between Hampden and Holyrood, politicians wouldn’t need any encouragement to shut the game down again.

“You can bet that scenario has crossed Gerrard’s mind. Be in no doubt, if the outbreak at Raith Rovers becomes typical, the game is in bother.”

Raith Rovers suffered a COVID outbreak last week but they were still able to complete this weekend’s fixture as Gers loanee Kai Kennedy shone in a 3-2 win over Hearts.

Barring any major COVID issues, Rangers will be crowned champions unless the club bottle the league in what would be a shock of epic proportions.

In any case, the Gers would still be crowned champions if the season was ended early.

It would only be fair after Celtic were handed the title last season following the curtailment of the league.

It is fair to say that relations between the SPFL and the Scottish government aren’t exactly friendly following Nicola Sturgeon’s recent Celtic comments.

The Scottish lower leagues are already in lockdown and it isn’t unthinkable that the first division will suffer a similar fate as it becomes harder to justify the continuation of elite sport.

Either way, we will be champions sooner rather than later and not even the government can stop the inevitable crowning moment that is on the horizon.

In other Rangers news, James McFadden claims that there is a clear path that leads to Steven Gerrard leaving Ibrox.