FORMER Rangers striker Steven Thompson insists it is ‘impossible’ for Celtic to be recognised as champions unless the season is completed. 

The Hoops were 13 points ahead of their Glasgow rivals when the Premiership was halted on March 13 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, albeit the Gers had a game in hand. 

And Thompson is adamant he KNEW Neil Lennon’s men would go on to win their ninth title in a row. 

However, the St Mirren legend turned pundit is adamant that does not necessarily mean they should be declared league winners if top-flight fixtures cannot be fulfilled. 

Thompson told the BBC’s Scottish football podcast: “Anyone that says Celtic weren’t going to win the league is lying. They were going to win the league. A lot of my friends are Rangers fans and they had given up the ghost. Celtic were going to win the league. 

“But now, if Celtic are given the league Rangers fans won’t accept that, across the board. Universally it won’t be accepted.

“How can you be given a title if you haven’t actually won the title? It’s impossible to award the title to Celtic in those circumstances. 

“I knew they were going to win the league but I don’t think you can give a team the title without having played out the season.”