By Alex Stevens

Neil Lennon has welcomed Rangers’ promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

The former Celtic manager is convinced the return to the top flight of the champions’ bitter rivals will improve the standard of football in the country.

Lennon, 44, managed Rangers’ rivals Celtic for four years and led them to victory over Barcelona in the Champions League during that time.

Speaking on Radio Five Live on Wednesday night, he said: “Scottish football needs the big clubs. What you’re going to have next year guaranteed is four Celtic-Rangers games.

“From a selling point of view they really need that to sell the game again in terms of TV rights. Celtic have done reasonably okay but there’s no question that Rangers coming back will make, (1), the competition better, (2), the interest better and, (3), the standard of football better because there’s going to be more money coming into the game again.”

James Tavernier’s solitary goal against Dumbarton on Tuesday night was enough to seal the all-important 1-0 win to secure the Championship title for Mark Warburton’s side and kick off huge celebrations.

The victory put Rangers 17 points clear at the top of the table, out of the reach of Falkirk and Hibernian.

It also brought to an end a four-year journey back to the top of Scottish football for the Ibrox club.

In other Rangers news, Warburton revealed where he expects on-loan Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem to be next season.