The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to comments from the Scotland manager, Alex McLeish. The 59-year-old told Sky Sports News that Scottish football needs Rangers to be stronger and to be competing with Celtic to improve Scottish football, even if the Celtic fans propping our bar up all disagree. Rangers lost their last two games to Celtic 4-0 and 5-0 and the gap between them looks bigger than ever.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) April 30, 2018
Brendan Rodgers’ side secured the Scottish Premier League title on Sunday when they thrashed Graeme Murty’s side 5-0 at Parkhead and they now sit just one win away from back-to-back domestic trebles when they take on Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on 19th May. Rangers have been back in the top flight of Scottish football for two seasons and after finishing trophyless and third last season, they’ll be at least trying to better that with a 2nd place this season.
Rangers have been on the rebuild for a number of years after suffering their relegation to the Scottish third division at the end of the 2011/12 season following the EBT scandal. Despite Rangers’ demise, this season has seen Aberdeen and Hibs fighting it out for a second place this season. McLeish’s comments that Celtic would be stronger if Rangers were stronger look to have fallen on deaf ears among the Bhoys in Green as they’ve laughed off the fact that a stronger Rangers makes for a stronger Scotland.
You can read our local Celtic fans’ verdict on McLeish’s comments here:
Scottish football is currently doing well and attendances are up, the race for 2nd spot between 3 teams shows it is more competitive and the Hibs v Killie game at the weekend was arguably the game of the season. Rangers can't get any worse but we certainly don't need them.
— Derek Crawford (@deeko1978) April 30, 2018
What a load of absolute rubbish. Scottish football has Hibs, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock all playing superbly. Hibs beating Celtic last week an example. Sky needs to stop churning out this tosh
— Laura C (@ElsieTheDancer) April 30, 2018
What a load of rubbish, Scottish football is more than just "Rangers" or Celtic for that matter, we need a strong Hibs, Aberdeen, Hearts, Motherwell etc,.
— Karl Dyer (@karl_dyer) April 30, 2018
oh the old 'we need a strong Rangers line' from guess who an ex-rangers employee…
— John Gallacher (@fatweegee) April 30, 2018
The irony is clearly lost on Alex. He said there isn't a level playing field, at the moment.
From the man that benefited greatly from the misuse of EBTs.
— Barry Layden (@MetalliCelticA) April 30, 2018
Scottish football has improved because Hibs Aberdeen Killie Motherwell have all got stronger. Scottish football does not revolve around ANY one club (inc Celtic) Rangers are a top 6 team, that’s probably fair just now
— Stephen Craig (@cragbhoy) April 30, 2018
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Seriously, there are more than 2clubs in Scotland, he played for us all his career and he comes out with this shite. Scottish football will improve if other teams get better funding ie a better TV deal from @SkyUK would help with that.
— Darren Adam (@Furious_Daz) 30 April 2018