In a recent statement of press, the Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov said that Rangers cannot be considered one of the biggest Scottish football clubs anymore, especially after their humiliating defeat against Celtic. The Brendan Rodgers’s side gave a nice thrashing to the Rangers in the Scottish FA Cup semi-final with a score line of 4-0. With this victory, Celtic remain unbeaten in their 10 encounters against the Rangers.
Many football punters, including the ones who subscribe to profitable football tips had predicted such outcome.
However Petrov also emphasised that it’s critical for Scottish football to have Rangers back in form, to bring some excitement to the league.
Sacking manager and failed transfer bid
This has been another disastrous season for Rangers who had sacked Pedro Caixinha, their manager earlier during the season, before being unable to bring Derek McInnes over from Aberdeen. As a result, Graham Murty took over the manager’s job, signing up for until the end of the season.
Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller suspensions
As if things weren’t already bad for the club, they also suspended the seasoned duo of Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller recently, after they were involved in a heated exchange with the club’s manager. The team hasn’t fared very well over the past few weeks and only has one win to show out of their last five outings.
As a result, they are struggling to be among the top 3 sides, along with Hibernian and Aberdeen, which Petrov said is a sign of their current plight.
Not much competition for Celtic
Talking to the press at the John Hartson Foundation Annual Golf Day, Petrov said, “At the moment if you look at it, people don’t take Rangers as a threat, it’s more Aberdeen or Hibs, Rangers are not one of the biggest clubs. People always say Celtic v Rangers will always be one of the big rivalries, but if Rangers don’t challenge, it will lose its intensity and it’s important for Scotland. That’s what Scottish football is all about; the Old Firm and that’s why people all around the world love Scottish football. If that doesn’t come back, it will be very difficult for Scottish football to recover.”
The former midfielder at Hoops admitted that he doesn’t consider Murty as the right man to bring Rangers back from the dead, and close the gap with Celtic who are all set to win their 7th consecutive league title. In fact, many feel that Celtic have been so good over the years that it’s time for them to join the Premier League.
Petrov is keen on seeing the competition improve between the two sides. In his opinion, it’s a big gap that’ll take some time to fill.
He expressed happiness for the Celtic fans because the more success they enjoy the better it is for them, however also accepted the fact that it isn’t healthy for the Scottish football overall, and for the Celtic too as they can do with some good competition. He further talked about Celtic’s dominance stating that the team can drop 10 to 15 points and yet emerge champions!