Dave King labels Celtic titles meaningless without competition from Rangers

Celtic have won five Scottish Premiership titles in succession.

Rangers chairman Dave King has boldly suggested that Celtic’s five successive title victories are meaningless without his side being there to compete, The Scottish Sun reports.

While The Gers have been on a lengthy journey from Division Three back to the Scottish Premiership as a result of a punishment over their financial struggles, Celtic have been winning the title with ease.

The Hoops have claimed five successes in a row, and they can now set their sights on a record 10 with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as boss giving the club a massive new lift.

King, however, has dismissed Celtic’s title successes as meaningless as he claims without Rangers challenging them all the way, supporters on both sides share the same opinion.

“The nine-in-a-row concept is meaningless unless both clubs are competing against each other. Even though Celtic have won the last five titles it is still only one-in-a-row in terms of our rivalry — and that is what truly counts for both sets of supporters,” King told the Scottish Sun.

“I interact with enough Celtic supporters on my visits to Glasgow to know how much they have missed competing with Rangers. Celtic fans have missed that competition as much as we have.”

Rangers will now have the opportunity to halt Celtic’s reign at the top of Scotland as they prepare for their long-awaited return to the Scottish Premiership, yet it won’t be straightforward for Mark Warburton’s side.

The Gers are still short in terms of having the squad to challenge their Old Firm rivals for the title, and shrewd additions at Ibrox must be made this summer as Celtic will start the season as favourites.

Rodgers’ appointment at Parkhead will make it tougher for Rangers as players will now be drawn to Celtic, though Warburton’s side will likely thrive on the greater challenge to overcome their rivals.

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