Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths admits disappointment at Rangers' failure to win promotion

Griffiths wanted to see the return of Rangers to the top flight to face Celtic.

Speaking to STV, Celtic forward Griffiths admitted that he is disappointed in Rangers’ failure to win promotion to the SPFL, having lost in the play-offs to Motherwell.

The 24-year-old said: “It is disappointing. As a Celtic player and a fan you want Old Firm games but over the two legs Motherwell showed why they are still in the Premiership and Rangers aren’t.”

This is certainly a surprising admission to make, with Celtic fans glad to see Rangers struggling in the lower tiers of Scottish football, but as a player you can understand why Griffiths wants the Old Firm back in the top flight.

Although Aberdeen pushed the Bhoys far this season in the search for the league title, and Dundee United and Inverness offer their own threats, Ronny Deila’s men never looked under threat in the search to win their fourth consecutive title.

Until Rangers are back in the top flight and competing, there will never be a true title race in Scottish football.

The Light Blues are sure to take many years before getting up to the level of Celtic, even if they do win promotion at the earliest opportunity, but their name and reputation still makes them the biggest threat to the Bhoys dominance - they just have to get back to the Premiership first.

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