Maguire: Social media reveal proves Celtic could not survive without Rangers

Rangers and Celtic are locked in a loveless marriage – they need each other to survive.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid a social media storm regarding the legitimacy of the ‘Old Firm’.

The catalyst was a now-deleted tweet posted by Celtic’s official account which read: “Celtic Football Club Statement: We’re not half of anything… Not our problem. #OneClubSince1888”

That post was referencing an open letter writer by Rangers to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon regarding the fallout surrounding their title celebrations.

The letter labelled Celtic “the other half of the Old Firm” and was written in relation to MSP John Swinney’s disparaging comments about Rangers’ handling of the situation.

But it transpires that Celtic and Rangers jointly renewed the intellectual property rights to the ‘Old Firm’ trademark just days before the tweet went out.

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Maguire pointed out the hypocrisy in Celtic’s now-backtracked statement and claimed that the two clubs need each other to survive.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They can hate each other but they need each other. It’s like a non-functioning marriage where neither party is going to go.

“It is part of the appeal of Scottish football. There was relatively little interest in the Scottish Premiership when Rangers weren’t there to be a potential challenger. Of course, less interest equals less money.

“Celtic fans clearly enjoyed every year when they did nine-in-a-row but they enjoyed the years when Rangers were in the division even more.”

Rangers sealed their first league title in a decade after Celtic failed to beat Dundee United on Sunday.

The Hoops are without a permanent manager after the resignation of Neil Lennon in February and are expected to overhaul their staff in the summer.

In other news, Neil Lennon helped Aston Villa beat Celtic to the signing of John McGinn, Football Insider understands.