Rangers’ absence wasn't taken advantage of by Celtic, claims BBC pundit

Rangers are in the Scottish Championship at the moment, while Celtic are currently in the Scottish Premiership.

Chris Sutton suggested on BBC Radio 5 live Sport on Friday evening (February 5) that Celtic should have won the treble in Scotland for the past few seasons.

The former Celtic striker claimed that the Bhoys should have taken advantage of Rangers’ absence in the Scottish Premiership since 2012.

“Next year it will be better, the league, because Rangers will be up, we might get Hibs, so there might be more competition,” said Sutton.

“For the last few years when Rangers have been out of the league, there has been a real chance for Celtic to win the treble, which I think has happened under two managers in Celtic history. What a chance and they have been blown it.”

Celtic have won the league title in Scotland for the past four years, and they are likely to clinch it this campaign. However, the Bhoys have failed to win the treble, and Sutton does have a valid point.

After all, with Rangers gone into the lower leagues and with Celtic’s financial muscle, they should have dominated Scottish football.

The problem is that in a cup competition, anything is possible. In a one-off game, a defeat for Celtic should not be a massive surprise.

Hopefully for Scottish football fans, Rangers and Hibernian will get promoted to the Scottish Premiership at the end of the season, and that should make things very interesting.

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