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Rangers Call for Season to Be Finished to Maintain ‘Integrity of the Sport’

Rangers Call for Season to Be Finished to Maintain ‘Integrity of the Sport’

Rangers have insisted Celtic cannot be named the Ladbrokes Premiership champions without finishing the domestic season – in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.

Football all over the globe has been halted since the start of the global pandemic surrounding Coronavirus, with the Scottish Premiership put on ice indefinitely until the government or authorities advise otherwise.

The domestic game in Scotland was postponed on the eve of Celtic travelling to Ibrox to play Rangers on Sunday, with the Hoops going into the game a whopping 13 points clear of the bitter Glasgow rivals.

But, despite Celtic being so far in-front with only eight games remaining, the Rangers hierarchy are insisting the calendar needs to be completed before anyone can be crowned champions.

Writing in a statement on the official Rangers website, managing director Stewart Robertson:

“Rangers are continuing to monitor the ongoing situation regarding coronavirus and its impact on football at all levels.

“I reiterate Steven Gerrard’s comments this morning that football is secondary to the health and well-being of the citizens of the United Kingdom.

“Life is precious and as a society, we must endeavour to do everything we can to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

“As a club, we will continue to follow government guidelines and advice relating to the health and safety of all members of staff.

“It is our firm view that this season’s league competition (2019/20) is only complete when all 38 games are played by all teams.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we believe that final standings can only be confirmed when all games have been completed, not before.

“Any attempt to finish the season with a significant amount of games still to play, impacts upon the integrity of sport in Scotland.

“Furthermore, we are strongly opposed to playing games behind closed doors. Rangers fans have stuck by our club in the darkest of times.

“Their loyalty will not be forgotten and they will not be left behind.

“We are cognisant of the uncertainty surrounding the future of many businesses and peoples jobs because of a potential lengthy extended break.

“We must be mindful that football goes well beyond the result of a match. Football brings us all together, it provides countless people with a livelihood and we will work to ensure no one runs roughshod over people’s lives.

“We will continue to maintain a watchful eye on the decisions of footballs governing bodies.”

“Let me reassure the fans that we will not be found wanting in this situation.

“Rangers FC Managing Director, Stewart Robertson.”

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