Gordon Strachan on Rangers in the SPL with Celtic

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Rangers are set to return to the Scottish Premier League alongside Celtic next season.

The return of regular Celtic v Rangers fixtures will only help the Scottish team in the future, Scotland's national team manager Gordon Strachan has told the Telegraph.

Rangers are set to return to the Scottish Premier League next season, needing only one more win to secure promotion.

Rangers came within minutes of doing just that against Raith Rovers on Saturday, before Hayden Panayiotou scored a dramatic equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Raith Rovers.

When Rangers do secure promotion, of course, fans can look forward to meeting their old foe Celtic regularly once again, with the clubs not having met in the league since 2012.

And Scotland boss Strachan says it will be good for his team that they have returned: “Everybody wants the Old Firm game back in the Premiership,” he told the Telegraph

“If you go back 10 years, both Celtic and Rangers were qualifying for the Champions League regularly. The Scotland manager at the time had about eight or nine who were playing regularly in Europe. That makes a big difference.”

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For now, Celtic and Rangers must content themselves with their upcoming meeting in the Scottish Cup.

It is the second time they have meet each other in a semi final this season, with Celtic having won 2-0 in the Scottish League cup at the beginning of February.

Rangers will certainly be keen to avenge that defeat and show their fierce rivals what awaits them when they return to the top flight next season.

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