You'd miss your rivals if they were gone - image from lostbhoys.com

Celtic most certainly do need Rangers

You'd miss your rivals if they were gone - image from lostbhoys.com

Rangers have today been docked 10 points for entering administration, leaving the current SPL champions 14 points adrift of league leaders Celtic. While the points deduction has all but ended Rangers’ title hopes for this season, the club remains nine points above third placed Motherwell, with a vastly superior goal difference. And the noise coming from Parkhead in response to the crisis at Ibrox is that Celtic do not rely on Rangers in any way for their own survival. But are they really going to enjoy winning the league by 20 or 30 points every season? Let’s be honest, the SPL is a two team division and if Celtic want any of their league games to mean anything at all, they most certainly do need Rangers. That’s just the way it works. You win all your other games and if you can come out on top over those four Old Firm clashes, you’re going to win the league. Of course, we all hate our rivals. But then, that’s also the reason we’d miss them if they were gone. If either Rangers or Celtic disappeared, Scottish football would mean even less than it already does.