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Stokes suggests two reasons Celtic need Rangers back in the SPL

Celtic's Anthony Stokes has suggested two reasons Rangers need to be back in the Scottish Premier League.

Celtic star Anthony Stokes has told the Scotsman the two reasons he feels Rangers need to be back in the Scottish Premier League.

Fans were offered up the occasion of an Old Firm derby last weekend, which Celtic won comfortably 2-0 and Stokes feels the benefits if Rangers can get promoted would be widespread.

“I’ve said in the past, having Rangers back in the top flight would be good for Scottish football,” said Stokes.

“Not only for us as competition and to push us on, but for the rest of the clubs with the financial benefit that it brings.”

More consistent Old Firm derbies would give Celtic plenty of chances to get fired up and it would benefit the Bhoys because it’s an experience that other matches can’t generate.

Ronny Deila would benefit tremendously if he could throw younger players into more derby games, exposing them to the pressure involved when playing and the criticism which follows after a poor performance.

Financially it’s difficult to judge exactly what Rangers back in the SPL would mean for a club like Celtic.

It would certainly allow the club to take advantage on the match day of an Old Firm game and the greater exposure involved could allow the club to restructure current commercial agreements with their main partners.

However, it’s impossible to predict when Rangers will make that step up back into the SPL, which creates the opportunity for Celtic fans to make advantage of their bragging rights on a more consistent basis.

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