Manchester United legend Gary Neville has predicted in The Telegraph that he does not think that Celtic and Rangers will be able to sign top-quality players like they did in years gone by.
The former United defender believes that, like Newcastle United, Sunderland, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers face a huge task to return to where they were before.
“Newcastle, Sunderland, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday are among those who face a mountainous climb to return to their old prominence,” Neville wrote in The Telegraph.
“I ask why has there been no big buyer for Everton, Leeds or Wednesday. It could just be because people are investing in cities strategically rather than on the basis of vanished traditions.
“Even further north, Rangers and Celtic are in the same boat. I can remember Paul Gascoigne, Terry Butcher, Trevor Steven, Henrik Larsson and Brian Laudrup playing in Glasgow. Will they ever have that type again? I’m not sure.”
The Bhoys have won the league title in the Scottish top flight for the past four seasons, and it is very likely that they will make it five in a row this term.
Rangers are flying in the Scottish Championship at the moment, and it will be a surprise if they fail to get promoted to the Premiership at the end of the season.
However, neither Celtic nor Rangers are going to find themselves in a position to challenge for the Europa League or the Champions League anytime soon.
In fact, the Hoops have failed to reach the group stage of the Champions League two years in a row.