Quick links

Rangers

Celtic

Alan Brazil wouldn't strip Rangers of titles, even though he's Celtic fan

Rangers fans look dejected

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers won 15 trophies between 2001-10, but Celtic fan Alan Brazil wouldn't strip them of the accolades.

TalkSport pundit and former Scotland striker Alan Brazil has told The Sunday Post that he would not strip Rangers of the trophies won during the EBT era, even though he's a "red-hot Celtic fan".

Rangers won 15 trophies during their use of Employee Benefit Trusts between 2001 and 2010 - five Premiership titles, four Scottish Cups and six Laeague Cups.

The Scottish Football League has ruled out the prospect of stripping the Gers of the League Cups, but the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Premier League have drafted a document which proposes erasing the league titles and Scottish Cups from the record books.

Rangers fans

Old firm rivals Celtic have called for a review of stripping Rangers of the trophies won during that nine-year period, but mad Hoops fan Brazil does not see the point.

"Would I go as far as stripping titles? No. I just don’t see the point. I’m a red-hot Celtic fan. I always have been and always will be," he told The Sunday Post.

"I understand why my club has called on the SFA to review its stance on Rangers’ EBT-era gongs, which, up to now, has been to leave them alone. But I would question whether another, potentially-lengthy, legal saga is what Scottish football needs right now.

"Make no mistake, that is what any attempt to strip Rangers of titles will turn into. The water is too muddy, with the “oldco” and “newco” both involved, for anything to happen quickly. It would take time – and that’s something I don’t think we really have to spare."

Rangers were eliminated from the Europa League this week in a first-round qualifier with Progres Niederkorn in what is widely believed to be their worst ever defeat.

And Brazil, who won the competition twice with Ipswich Town and Tottenham during his playing days, says Scottish football should be ashamed of Pedro Caixinha's side, and St Johnstone who also went out.

"We have just watched two of Scotland’s European representatives – Rangers and St Johnstone – fall at the first hurdle in continental competition.

"They both crashed out to pub teams. Speaking as someone with two UEFA Cup medals, I think we should be hanging our heads in shame over that."

Celtic and Glasgow Rangers fans

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch