Pundit Alan Shearer has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Scottish football could thrive again once Rangers win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers beat Raith Rovers 2-0 on Tuesday evening, as goals from Harry Forrester and Lee Wallace handed them their 22nd league win of the season from 27 games.
Now 14 points clear of Hibernian at the top of the table with only nine games left, it seems that Mark Warburton's men are set for promotion to the top flight, where they will of course renew their rivalry with Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Many believe that Rangers' demise, where they entered administration and liquidation in 2012, not only left Celtic with no major competition at the top of the Scottish Premiership, but generally led to a decrease in interest of Scottish football.
Now on the verge of promotion, Rangers' return has been praised by many, and pundit Alan Shearer has offered his opinion on the situation.
Shearer told The Scottish Sun that he loved heading up to Glasgow to see Old Firm derbies, and believes Scottish football needs Celtic and Rangers in the same division and battling for the title again.
Shearer also reflected on Rangers' fall four years ago, stating that it was a 'massive blow' for Scottish football, and their return - along with Hibernian - would 'raise the profile' north of the border and generate more interest in the Scottish Premiership.
"When I was playing at Newcastle, we regularly came up for the Old Firm derbies," said Shearer. "They were great games, the passion was incredible, and it’s a shame we haven’t had them for a few years. But I remember watching Scottish football as far back as when Graeme Souness and Frank McAvennie were at the Old Firm. In later years, you had the likes of Gazza and other big stars there. Scotland always produced good young players too."
"That has changed. There isn’t as much talent coming through, and there aren’t the big names of a few years ago. But I think if Rangers and Hibs win promotion this season, the whole game in Scotland will get a lift. It will raise the profile of the game and generate more interest."
"What happened with Rangers was a massive blow for Scottish football. It took a big hit. Rangers getting to the Premiership would boost things. Whether it can ever get back to what it was, remains to be seen, but it has to help surely," he added.
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