Celtic assistant boss John Collins has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times suggesting it’s vital for Scottish football to see his club’s old rivals back in the Scottish Premiership.
Collins has also suggested that new Rangers manager Mark Warburton could be shocked by the step up to managing Rangers, after having a positive impact with Brentford in the English Championship.
“It's a big step up to Rangers, a big move for him, the expectation from Brentford to Rangers is miles apart. You are expected to win every game at Rangers,” he said.
“Scottish football needs Rangers up, and they need my old club Hibs.”
Scottish football needs Rangers in the top flight because the Scottish Premiership as a division will arguably become a more valuable product.
That creates positive knock on effects in terms of TV and sponsorship deals, which can lead to more cash in the back pocket of the Bhoys and other sides.
It will also help Celtic because it will expose Ronny Deila’s players to a pressure and atmosphere, which can’t be reflected in any other derby.
Rangers and Celtic, at the moment, are far apart in terms of quality, but the aggression which is whipped up and the general feeling among fans in the build up to a derby game is unique.
That will help Deila’s players improve in a mental sense, which creates another positive knock on effect as it will help their approach to other big games domestically and in terms of Europe.
As for the job Warburton is facing, Collins is spot on with his prediction and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the pressure of his new role.