Chris Sutton says potential targets could be attracted by Celtic v Rangers clashes

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A former Celtic player has had his say on the importance of the Old Firm rivalry in terms of potential summer transfers.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been writing in the Daily Record about his thoughts on the Old Firm rivalry between the Bhoys and Rangers.

Sutton played 130 times for Celtic and in his latest column he reflected on what has become known as Helicopter Sunday – the day Rangers secured the league title on the final day of a scintillating campaign.

The days of Celtic and Rangers contesting the Scottish Premiership title are long gone, but with Stuart McCall’s side progressing to the play-off final with a 2-1 aggregate win against Hibernian this weekend, they could be back on the agenda sooner rather than later. And Sutton, for one, would be pleased if the Old Firm matches returned on a regular basis.

“Whether we like to admit it or not, the edge is simply not there in Scottish football anymore without Celtic and Rangers going at it until the last day,” Sutton wrote.

“I’ll tell you something, I’m sure it also makes a difference attracting players. I wanted to sample the challenge and a big part of that was being within the rivalry.”

While Rangers could return to the Scottish top flight next season, they may we be some way off challenging Ronny Deila’s side for the top prizes.

That said, their return will add some much needed spice to proceedings and it will be interesting to see how both clubs respond should the challenge present itself.

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