Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT he believes Celtic will feel aggrieved that Rangers weren’t able to fight their way into the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers missed out on promotion into the top flight of Scottish football, after a heavy defeat at the hands of Motherwell, who were too strong for the second flight side over the course of two legs.
While some Bhoys fans may be pleased the club’s long standing rivals will spend another season outside the Premiership, Wilkins has suggested it will have a negative impact on the league in general.
“I would imagine that Celtic were quite distraught when Rangers didn’t get promoted and Motherwell did – Scottish football just isn’t the same when they’re not in there and pitting themselves against each other,” he said.
Football is more of a product in the modern day than ever before and it’s important any league is able to sell itself effectively all over the world.
TV deals and various commercial opportunities back up the income streams of top flight sides and Rangers in the Premiership is something, which will arguably make Scottish football a more valuable product.
It’s also arguable that having Rangers in the top flight is something, which will benefit Ronny Deila’s side from a development perspective.
Rangers certainly don’t have the quality to forensically examine various parts of Celtic’s team, but they represent a derby which creates a different type of pressure and expectation.
One of the only ways for any Celtic player to discover what the history of the rivalry between the sides really means is to be involved in an intense derby clash.
Maybe 2016/2017 will be the season that the teams are brought back together.