"I don't know why we just can't play them in closed doors" bemoans former Rangers midfielder

Friday, March 13th, 2020 2:53pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Rangers midfielder Gordon Smith discussed the impacts COVID-19 could have and how it could leave the record books blank if trophies aren't claimed.

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented chaos to European football's fixture list, with all of Europe's top five leagues suspending their respective games. 

Players from some of the biggest clubs around are reporting they have tested postive for Covid-19; Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta is currently in self-isolation after being confirmed to have the virus. 

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As of this morning, those in charge of the Scottish Premiership have confirmed that all action will be suspended until further notice as a precaution whilst Scotland tackles COVID-19. 

Former Rangers midfield Gordon Smith spoke to Love Sport Breakfast BEFORE the announcement, where he discussed in depth how he was against suspending games.

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"A big worry is the fact that, from the point of view of trophies and all that sort of thing, I don't know why we just can't play them in closed doors because at the very end of the day then at least you know who's won things in years to come.

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"They'll be able to look at it and say, well, this team won this trophy or whatever because if you don't then it will cause mayhem in time to come. Even in terms of replays and different competitions, you know, talking about even for league games and cancelling but then you know, who decides who has won the league? Who is going to be in Europe next season?

"So I think the very worst issue at the moment is, and there was a scenario for me, would be the fact playing games behind closed doors probably has to happen.

"I just think it takes away from the game, but at least we get some things put in place and matches played in order that if this virus clears up, and within a month or whatever, then we get a lot better results from it and everything's going back to normal, then we haven't got a really big catch up to do."

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