Ray Wilkins suggests that Celtic need Rangers in the Scottish top-flight

Ray Wilkins On Pitch

The former Rangers player is looking forward to the Old Firm derby next month.

Celtic take on Rangers in a crunch Old Firm clash in a little over a fortnight in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Meetings between the Old Firm pair have been few and far between in recent times after Rangers dropped out of the Scottish top-flight because of the financial irregularities at the club.

Now the pair will face off at Hampden Park on the 17th with the second-flight side looking to show Celtic that they will be a force in the Premiership next season.

One man who is enjoying Rangers’ good form is Ray Wilkins.

The former England international spent two years at Rangers between 1987 and 1989 and was a firm fan favourite during his time at Ibrox.

He was speaking on talkSPORT this Thursday (31/03/2016) when he discussed the upcoming game and the Old Firm rivalry – suggesting Celtic needed Rangers back in the top-flight:

“It will be a massive game. Obviously Celtic will be the favourites to win it because of the quality of player they have there.

“But Rangers are buzzing at the moment, it’s going to be a tough old game for Celtic that one.

“They are pleasantly sitting there, Rangers, ready to come back in. It’s welcome that they are coming back in as well.

“With the utmost respect what is the game most Scots want to see? It is Rangers (v) Celtic. That’s the way it will be and will always be."

There is no doubt that the lack of competition in the Scottish top flight has not helped Celtic grow in recent years.

The Old Firm rivalry helps Scottish football and the sooner that Rangers are back in with Celtic the better appears to be the feeling from Wilkins.

Now it will be interesting to see how close Rangers are to Celtic’s level in this upcoming match.

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