For over a week now, Scottish football has debated whether the likes of Celtic and Dundee United should be crowned champions.
But the Highland League have added a unique twist to this argument. They have formally announced that Brora Rangers are to be hailed as league champions following a meeting between the league’s management committee.
The club are delighted to announce that after today’s Highland League meeting between all clubs that we have been declared league champions for the season 2019/20. This decision was taken in light of the current global health crisis. pic.twitter.com/jJocQmoI9W
— Brora Rangers (@brorarangers) March 21, 2020
Brora had six games left to play and held a 13-point lead at the summit. Fraserburgh, Rothes and Buckie Thistle could all have caught them mathematically, but alas, a champion has been selected.
Scottish football is currently on an indefinite hiatus after the suspension of league football. This move could prove controversial in the near-future, given the debate surrounding Celtic and Dundee United’s title tilts.
A precedent has been set by the Highland League and now it remains to be seen whether United or Celtic are given titles should it prove impossible to complete the 2019/20 season.
Whatever happens, someone is walking away unhappy. You can’t crown Dundee United champions without Inverness having a rightful claim to not being out the Championship title race.
It’s an interesting move by the Highland League nonetheless and it’ll be intriguing to see if the SPFL follow suit.