Neil Lennon comments on Rangers' seemingly imminent top-flight return

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Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon says that Rangers' would-be promotion from the Scottish Championship to the Scottish Premiership is good for everyone concerned.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said via the Daily Record that his old club should welcome Rangers back into the Scottish Premiership with open arms as the Gers close in on a top-flight return.

Fourteen points clear of Falkirk in the Scottish Championship, Mark Warburton's side look on course to reach the big time again following the financial meltdown which saw them demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football in 2012.

Their plight has had a knock-on effect for the Hoops, with the lack of Old Firm derbies hindering both clubs' finances as far as television rights go.

On April 17, both Glasgow giants clash at Hampden Park for a Scottish Cup semi-final - perhaps a dress rehearsal for what fans on both sides can expect to see on a more regular basis from next season onwards.

And Lennon, who spent four years as Bhoys boss until 2014, says that Rangers' return can only be positive both for Celtic and the national game in general. 

“Scottish football will have those games back next season and that will interest the television companies again," he said via the Daily Record. “Hopefully that will lead to the money coming back into the game again in Scotland.

“All clubs have suffered because of Rangers being in the lower leagues, not just Celtic. We are three weeks away from the game and everybody is talking about it.

“Scottish football has been at a loss without a regular diet of the Old Firm fixture. Rangers have been out of the Premiership for such a long time but their job of getting back up is almost done now.”

 

Warburton's troops could potentially seal their promotion as early as next week, if they win away to Raith Rovers and Hibernian fail to beat St Mirren away from home.

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