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‘Let’s be realistic’ – John Hartson sends message to Rangers

Football pundit John Hartson has said that Glasgow Rangers should consider conceding the league title to arch-rivals Celtic if the Scottish Premiership does not re-start.

Football leagues throughout the world are currently suspended amidst the coronavirus outbreak with games in Scotland not set to start at least until 30 April.

Celtic have a commanding lead over their Glasgow rivals and former Hoops forward Hartson has sent a message to Rangers as a result.

“Rangers would come away with an awful lot of credit if they were to say ‘you have been worthy champions, you have a massive lead,” Hartson told BBC Sport.

“I can honestly say I’d be saying exactly the same if Rangers had the lead.

“Celtic have got to probably lose five of their last eight games to be overtaken. Let’s be realistic, that isn’t going to happen.”

Rangers started the season well and were on the tail of the Hoops for the majority of the campaign.

Many felt that Steven Gerrard’s Gers side were very much in with a chance to win their first league title in nearly a decade this year.

However, the Ibrox club have underwent a decline since the start of the year and find themselves 13 points adrift of Celtic with a game in hand.

It is highly improbable that Celtic would win the title this season if the season were to resume.

The most practical way to end the season would be for all clubs to finish their remaining games, even if it means playing into the off-season.

Ending the season as things currently stand should only be done under extreme circumstances.

However, if a decision had to be taken to end the season, it would be logical for Rangers to concede the title to Celtic.

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