By David Woods

17th Apr, 2018 | 5:24pm

They are no threat – Celtic legend twists knife in Rangers after sensational official update

Stan Petrov has said that Rangers can no longer be considered a big club or the biggest threat to Celtic after their latest humiliation.

Celtic smashed their bitter rivals 4-0 in the latest Old Firm clash, in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

And it’s not been any better off the pitch for Rangers this season, after sacking Pedro Caixinha after a poor run of form, and suspensions for Kenny Miller and Andy Halliday today after a huge bust-up with Graeme Murty.

They might not even finish runners-up to Celtic this season, with Aberdeen and Hibs threatening their place in the Premiership.

Talking at the John Hartson Foundation Annual Golf Day, as quoted in the Scottish Sun, Petrov said: “At the moment if you look at it, people don’t take Rangers as a threat, it’s more Aberdeen or Hibs, Rangers are not one of the biggest clubs.

“People always say Celtic vs Rangers will always be one of the big rivalries, but if Rangers don’t challenge, it will lose its intensity and it’s important for Scotland.

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“That’s what Scottish football is all about; the Old Firm and that’s why people all around the world love Scottish football.

“If that doesn’t come back, it will be very difficult for Scottish football to recover.”

Petrov doesn’t think Murty is the man to bridge the gap between the two sides.

Football Insider verdict:

This will be yet more tough reading for Rangers fans. Petrov is a huge Celtic fan but he doesn’t want Scottish football to be a one-horse race and a procession for the title. No one does, not even hardened Celtic fans. However, the idea that the real competition will come from Aberdeen or Hibs is a tough pill to swallow for Gers fans. However, they didn’t finish second last season and they’re in danger of doing the same this campaign, with Aberdeen on the same points and Hibs just three points back. With the club in turmoil again over the suspended players, it will be tough to stay on course for the rest of the season. 

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