Four years after their relegation, why Rangers' return to Scottish top flight is welcome

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Their return to the top flight could bring about a bit more intrigue and excitement from further afield.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

There is little doubt that in recent years it has not been great for Scottish football. You only need to look at where the current Champions Celtic enter the qualification stages of the Champions League and the reputation of its standard down the years has not been great. 

For anyone from outside Scotland that takes an interest in football, one thing that used to be provided was four blood and thunder Old Firm derbies between Celtic and Rangers. That was until Rangers were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football for practices that were going on off the field rather than on it.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Under both Ally McCoist and then Mark Warburton, they have managed to get themselves back into the top tier, perhaps a year later than they would have liked.

What comes with that now at least is the promise of the Old Firm derby returning, something which is a genuine attraction for fans from several countries even if the quality of football will be questionable in the eyes of many.

People at least sit up and take notice of that fixture; they did when the two teams were drawn together in cup competitions during the past two seasons.

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

Some will expect Rangers to almost immediately challenge their old enemy for the title and time will tell is that is the case, although Aberdeen fans will not want their side to be discounted. Yet there has been a distinct lack of intrigue and excitement in the title race in recent years and one would expect that to at least change in the medium term if not the short term.

There has not been much to attract those from the outside to Scottish football in recent years, but Rangers return to the division may well just help its cause. 

Rangers' fans

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