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John Hartsons Calls On Rangers To Concede Title To Celtic

John Hartsons Calls On Rangers To Concede Title To Celtic

John Hartson has suggested that Rangers would receive credit from the football community if they were to concede the Scottish Premiership title to Celtic.

Like in other countries around the world, an indefinite halt was called to football in Scotland earlier this month due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Celtic currently lead the way at the top of the Premiership table, 13 points ahead of Rangers with eight games to play. Though, Rangers do have a game in hand.

"Celtic probably have to lose five out of their last eight league games to be overtaken," Hartson told BBC Radio Sportsound.

Let’s be realistic about it, that isn’t going to happen. Celtic are flying.

It is looking like we might not get going and I feel that there are too many hurdles to get over to get the league underway.

If Rangers were to say, 'OK, you have been worthy champions, you have got a massive lead and if the season were to stop, Celtic would be handed the title', then they would come away with a lot of credit.

I can honestly say I would be saying exactly the same if Rangers had the lead Celtic have.

Hartson acknowledged that there could be controversy at the other end of the table.

"I know this causes a little bit of controversy," said the former Celtic striker.

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"What happens with Hearts [bottom of the table], do they get relegated when Ann Budge is coming out and saying they would take legal action? They feel they would have an opportunity to get themselves in a safe position if they play the league out.

"Everyone has to come together here. There are certain cases when you say, 'You know what, let’s have a bit of common sense'.

"And I feel if Rangers were to do that, as a football club, that would bring football together, I really do.

"With all the negativity going around the world with this coronavirus, I think they would come out of it with huge respect and gratitude from the other clubs.

"It would be a nice gesture. I am not saying Celtic want it to happen. It probably won’t happen and I will probably be shot down for this, but it would be unbelievable if something like that was going to happen."

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