Gothenburg Great John McMaster today insisted Aberdeen deserve their Euro spot after the SPFL board ended the top Premiership season.
The SPFL board called time on the top-flight campaign following a board meeting yesterday.
Completing the 2019-20 Premiership was deemed unfeasible due to the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 restrictions and fears over the safety of players and supporters.
Celtic were crowned champions and Hearts relegated.
Aberdeen secured a Europa League berth by finishing fourth in the table.
The Dons will receive the Euro spot normally reserved for the Scottish Cup, which the SFA are committed to completing in 2020-21.
It is the seventh straight season the Dons have qualified for Europe.
With eight games left Livingston, St Johnstone, Hibs and Kilmarnock had the chance to potentially overtake the Reds in the race for Europe.
McMaster said: “Aberdeen deserve to be in Europe.
“It is not Aberdeen’s fault the season had to be finished due to the coronavirus when they had more points than many other teams.
“Aberdeen have always been up there competing at the top end of the Premiership table.
“This will be the seventh consecutive season they have qualified for Europe so that standard has been set.
“European football is very important for a club like Aberdeen and it also offers an opportunity to gain some finance.”
Scotland will have four spots in Europe next season, despite the SPFL’s decision to call time on the Premiership with eight rounds of fixtures remaining.
Champions Celtic will compete in the Champions League, with Rangers, Motherwell and the Dons qualifying for the Europa League.
UEFA had initially warned any member nation that ending a top-flight league campaign prematurely could mean being denied European spots in the 2020-21 season.
Europe’s governing body later softened that stance and opened up the way for the SPFL to end the Premiership whilst still maintaining the Euro slots.
A letter of comfort from Uefa, which assures the governing bodies that Scotland meets the criteria to end the season early without forfeiting European places, recently arrived.
A decision on whether to end the season, or attempt to complete it, had to be submitted to UEFA by May 25.
However, following an SPFL board meeting yesterday the decision was made to end the season and begin distributing £7 million in prize money.
It confirmed Celtic’s ninth league title in a row and doomed Hearts to relegation.
McMaster, who conquered Europe with the Dons in the eighties, said: “A decision has been made and now everyone knows where they stands Scottish football can move on.
“Some people may look back on this remember it as the league season that wasn’t finished.
“However it was finished, as far as Celtic are concerned as they were so far in front.
“Celtic were 13 points ahead although Rangers had a game in hand.
“Celtic would have to lose four or five games out of the last eighth and they were never going to do that.”
Hearts are condemned to the Championship, although the Tynecastle club have confirmed they will fight the decision.
McMaster said: “I feel sorry for the fans of Hearts as they have gone through a tough time.
“However, Hearts have had plenty of opportunities this season to get off the bottom.”
Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack confirmed ending the season prematurely will potentially cost the club a further £1m in revenue on top of the £5m already predicted.
McMaster said: “Cormack has been magnificent throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
“He has been very transparent, which is important.
“Cormack has told supporters exactly where the club stands.
“How many other chairmen do that?”