Legendary Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has admitted that a “strong Rangers” would be “remarkably good” for their Old Firm rivals – and thinks Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Gers managers means that “might be on the cards.”
Celtic have won seven successive Scottish titles and completed a historic back-to-back treble when they won the Scottish Cup on Saturday against Motherwell at Hampden.
The Republic of Ireland manager also claimed that if the Gers can get some good players in this summer then it will serve as a “little reminder” to their city rivals.
“It would be nice if Rangers could get stronger and that seems as if it might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers side is good for the league and it would be remarkably good for Celtic,” O’Neill said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“There doesn’t seem domestically any resting of laurels here. If that competition gets stronger I think Celtic will rise to it.
“If they [Rangers] are in a position to delve into a transfer market and get some decent players then that will be a little reminder to Celtic.”
Football Insider verdict:
O’Neill is absolutely spot on – although he won’t be as heavily criticised as others have for saying similar. Like ANY competition, having one side that is absolutely dominant isn’t healthy and having a strong Rangers – or any one else for that matter – would make the Scottish Premiership a better competition. Just like when Rangers were sweeping all before them domestically in the 90s, with little competition it then has a knock on effect to their European results. In an ideal world, the Scottish Premiership would have 12 strong teams in it every season but, right now, having two would be a great start. Celtic fans might disagree but any success is only as impressive as who you beat to achieve it, and over the last six years, there has been next to no competition for the Hoops. Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers manager should hopefully change that and make the Scottish Premiership much more competitive next season.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.