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Former Rangers player and manager Graeme Souness has claimed a Gers win in this weekend’s Old Firm clash would be “good for Scottish football” after Celtic romped to the last six Scottish Premiership titles.

The Ibrox side could close to three points behind their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership table with a win at Ibrox as they look to win their first title since 2011.

Souness admits Celtic are still a “bit in front” of his old club but believes not having a one-horse race would be better for the whole of Scottish football.

“Rangers are a wee bit closer and that’s good for Scottish football – it’s certainly good for Rangers,” Souness told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“Celtic are still a bit in front. It would go down to three points, they’ve never been closer to them, and this weekend will tell us a great deal.

“Obviously as an ex-Rangers man I want that to happen, but I think it would be good for Scottish football to give us a competition again so its not a one-horse race.”

The Gers have won nine of their ten games since the winter break and are currently on a six-game winning run as they prepare for the crunch clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Rangers last beat their fiercest rivals in a league clash in 2012 when Ally McCoist was in charge of the Ibrox giants.

Football Insider verdict:

Souness is right, having someone – anyone – challenge Celtic would be good for Scottish football. Having one team have a complete monopoly on the title does no good for anyone and there’s not much to say it has done any real long-term good for Celtic if their European results are anything to go by. If the Gers can beat their biggest rivals and blow the title race wide open then the final Old Firm clash of the season has all the ingredients to be one of the most important games in Scottish football for a long, long time.

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