Celtic and Rangers need each other says Strachan

On the back of Rangers’ recent financial flight, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan believes the two SPL sides need each other for the excitement of Scottish football. The Ibrox side went into administration on 14th February and face problems with their future.

Rangers players Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Steven Naismith and Steven Whitaker have all taken wage cuts to help the club’s plight, as well as Greg Wylde and Mervan Celik leaving the club on a voluntary redundancy basis. Celtic are now clear favourites to win the SPL title this season, something that makes Strachan smile, but he is upset about the plight of his former rivals.

Whilst Celtic manager, Strachan won the league three successive seasons at the expense of Rangers and enjoyed a fierce battle with the blue half of Glasgow. The Scotsman believes that Rangers have to overcome their plight, not only for Celtic, but for the benefit of the SPL. Strachan hopes that the excitement that comes in the Glasgow derby can keep on and Rangers come out of their difficult situation, which administrators Duff and Phelps believe can be resolved.

Strachan said: “Celtic and Rangers need each other for the excitement of the game. The rest of the league needs Celtic and Rangers for the financial part of it. The fact is that Celtic and Rangers fans need each other for that excitement. Sometimes it goes beyond excitement and sometimes it is embarrassing for the country, but they need each other. I knew it was coming; I didn’t know the scale of it. I knew they were in trouble; everyone knew they were in trouble”.

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