Ally McCoist has said that Celtic must live with the fact that there will be an asterisk placed alongside their 2019/20 league title victory.
The former Rangers forward and manager does not go as far to say that awarding the Hoops the trophy will make the Championship tainted, but he feels you can’t hide from the fact that the season wasn’t completed:
“They’re 13 points clear, Rangers have got a game in hand. Could Rangers have caught them? Absolutely. Was it likely? No, not at all, and probably highly unlikely that Rangers caught them.”
“The fact of the matter is they still could have caught them. The unfortunate thing for all the teams is the league campaign hasn’t been given the opportunity to finish.”
“They will have an asterisk next to it, of course, they will. Because you’re not going to tell me you’re not going to look back on this season and say they were awarded the title, they were awarded promotion. Of course, they were.”
“There is a massive difference between the use of the words ‘asterisk’ and ‘tainted’. The title and the promotions aren’t tainted because it’s through no fault of their own, but you can’t argue there will not be an asterisk. The asterisk will say, through no fault of their own, this season has been different.”
Put simply, the Gers may have only had an outside chance of clawing back Celtic’s significant advantage at the top of the table but curtailing the season has rid them of the opportunity to attempt it.
McCoist is trying to be as diplomatic as possible with his words but, for Rangers supporters, this campaign will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
No doubt, Steven Gerrard and his team will be more determined than ever to get the better of their Old Firm rivals when the new season kicks off.