By Alex McLeish

3rd Aug, 2022 | 4:00pm

McLeish issues emphatic Rangers-Celtic verdict as Giovanni van Bronckhorst fumes

Alex McLeish has claimed Rangers performing well in Europe “raises the game” for other teams in the league.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers manager said Rangers and Celtic should be encouraging each other to be successful in European competitions.

On Tuesday (2 August), Rangers lost 2-0 against Royal Union Saint-Gilloise in their Champions League third round qualifier.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will play the second leg at Ibrox next week.

As quoted by Sky Sports (2 August), Van Bronckhorst told Premier Sports that his side were “lucky it was only 2-0.”

The manager insisted Rangers will have to “do better” in the second leg to overcome the deficit.

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McLeish suggested the Glasgow clubs benefit from each other progressing in European competitions, despite the rivalry.

That’s the thing about Celtic and Rangers, they will always slag each other off,” he told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“The thing is that the better one team does in a European situation, it raises the credentials for the rest of the league. Especially the nearest rivals.

It raises the game for everybody and it puts Scotland up as well. It inspires the other team to get as close as they can to what Rangers and Celtic are doing.

Although at the moment it’s very difficult for other clubs to win that league but it certainly helps the Scottish game if those two teams do well.

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