Liverpool and Scottish football icon Sir Kenny Dalglish reckons this season should be played until its conclusion.
Across the world, footballing federations are trying to decide how to finish their 2019/20 seasons. It comes after most major leagues were suspended for a large period of time following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Debate is now raging on as to what we do. Should we crown champions and relegate those who are bottom? Do we cancel the league and pretend it never happened? For the Liverpool and Scotland legend, we have to finish this campaign.
“My first thought is that we must be given time to finish the competitions in our own backyard,” Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column. “If that means we need to play every second night for three weeks during May, or even into June, then so be it. It’s far from ideal, I know, but every club would be in the same boat, so it would be a level playing field. What must definitely not happen is for the 2019-20 campaign to be declared null and void.
“That would not be fair, and any person with football at heart would admit that would be totally out of order.In Scotland, would it be fair to say to the Premiership leaders, Celtic, that all of their efforts in the past nine months over 30 games count for nothing?
“The same would apply to Dundee United in the Championship. Would any person without an agenda really think it would be the most-sensible outcome to deny Liverpool their chance of winning the title after doing fantastically well in their 29 league games so far to build up a 25-point lead over Manchester City with nine games remaining? Of course not. Nobody can allow the hard work to count for nothing. So let’s do away with any of this talk, and try to use our time and energy wisely.”
A huge week
Ian Maxwell will go as Scottish football’s representative when 55 member associations meet via conference call on Tuesday. This is where major talks will be held over how this season ends.
It’s either going to be hugely unfair on the Liverpool’s and Dundee United’s as they won’t be crowned champions of their respective league after months of hard work. Or alternatively, the likes of Hearts and Norwich will fight to the hills if they are relegated without fulfilling all their games.
This situation is a bit of a mess – and it’s going to be impossible to please everyone.