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The better team this season- Premiership boss urges SPFL to confirm Celtic as champions

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Jim Goodwin has admitted that Celtic will be deserved champions when the Premiership is called.

The board of the SPFL have been given a mandate to award Celtic the title with Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers crowned based on average points per game.

Over 30 matches Neil Lennon’s men have dropped just 10 points despite having travelled to face three of the top six sides away from home twice. None of the teams in the top half of the table have made a second visit to Celtic Park.

Goodwin took charge of St Mirren on the eve of the new season beginning and has kept them out of the bottom two places which was his target all along.

Goodwin told The Sun:

If you were to go on current form and the way the two teams at the top were playing, I don’t think anyone could deny Celtic were in a far better place than Rangers.

They have dropped 11 points more than Celtic since the turn of the year. Celtic are deservedly out in front. They have been the better team this season.

Flip it and look at the teams down near the bottom, Hearts have only one four league games all season. We have eight games left, they would probably have had to win four, possibly five.

Of course it could have happened. I don’t have a crystal ball but it’s highly unlikely Rangers were going to catch Celtic and Hearts were going to need a helluva turnaround in their form to catch the teams above them.

People will probably think, ‘Well that’s easy for him to say’ as we are ninth, safe and none of it really involves us but I just have to take a common sense approach to it.

After seeing off the call for an independent investigation at Tuesday’s EGM dealing with the conclusion to the 2019/20 season is the priority for the SPFL board.

UEFA is looking for nominations by May 25 for next season’s Champions League and Europa League with a couple of media outlets expecting Celtic to be announced as champions within a week.

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