Celtic won it on the field – O’Neill didn’t want ‘Asitark’ after winning the title

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Retrieved 21 May 2020, 17:00 IST

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon and captain Scott Brown

Martin O’Neill insists that while he does not agree with the decision to end the Premiership early in the season, Celtic have won their ninth consecutive title in Scotland.

After consulting with the top 12 clubs, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) decided to halt the 2012-20 campaign due to the coronavirus epidemic.

At the time of the suspension, Celtic had 13 points clearer than rival Rangers, who had one game in hand and had eight fixtures completed, with Voyage winning the points again in each game.

As a result, Celtic Records claimed the ninth consecutive title and O’Neill, who ran the club between 2000 and 2005, believes the achievement should not be underestimated.

“They need to be congratulated, it was a great season for them,” he told Status Perform News.

“They deserve to win, there’s absolutely no question about that. If the deficit had been extended for a few weeks they would have gotten there with points.

“There’s no way the Rangers can catch them from that point of view [it was] Deserved.

“I understand Rangers are willing to set up a star in addition to things I’m sure the shoes can be in the same position even if they are on the other foot. They must be prevented from winning nine in a row from the start.

“But absolutely no stars should be added, not at all. Celtic won it on the field and they could have continued it if the games were over. They deserve credit for that.”

He added: “I don’t think any stars could be associated with Celtic. I could have understood if those two or three things were clear but they were so far ahead that the Rangers couldn’t catch them.”

There was more sympathy for O’Neill’s heart, which was blocked as a result of the SPFL’s decision.

The club threatened to take legal action against the result and O’Neill would rather see the season begin again while appreciating the complexity.

“It simply came to our notice then [the league should have been ended], “He added.

“I know you have a lot of things to consider. There’s a lack of money around. For example, when will you start the season again? When will it start? So you have to play X number of games? Before kicking off in the new season

“The season is over – if they just go this route, well, it’s not satisfactory.”