Dick Advocaat explains the difference between the SPL and Premier League

The former Rangers manager has explained how he only ever had one difficult fixture in Scottish football.

Sunderland take on Arsenal this evening, in a game in which they can ensure their Premier League survival. The Black Cats need just one point from their final two games of the season to survive - although those games are against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Dick Advocaat has done a decent job at turning things around at Sunderland. The former Rangers boss has had his ups and downs but recent wins against Everton and Southampton have been impressive.

For the Dutchman, he admits it is a vastly different experience to his previous in Britain when in charge of Rangers.

Speaking to the Express he stated:

“So far, I’ve really enjoyed it here. The Premier League is a great league with great stadiums. It’s a cliche, but every game is tough.

“It’s not like in Scotland with Rangers where, apart from Celtic, we were always winning at home. It was more difficult away but here it is difficult both home and away.”

He certainly makes a point. Without Rangers Celtic have had it easy in the SPL recently. They have won the league again this season under the guidance of Ronny Deila and a genuine threat needs to come from somewhere.

It might be Rangers again.

The great Glasgow rivals are into the play-off final in the Scottish Championship, where they will take on Hibernian. The winners will then face Motherwell for a place in the SPL next season.

Here's hoping for a little more competition in Scottish football.

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