European giants Celtic are nailed on certainties for the league this season, and have been since last May. The Glasgow side are 21 points clear of Aberdeen, having taken 69 points from a possible 75. They are yet to lose, and probably won't at any point this season.
The tax troubles and eventual demotion of Rangers may have been the fairest thing for the SFA to do, but in terms of spectacle, they could have done nothing worse.
Rangers and Celtic have been Scottish footballers dominant two for decades, with no other side winning the league since 1985, that being Aberdeen. The competitive side of Scottish football has not been there for some time, with sides knowing no matter what they did, they hadn't the financial capacity to mount a genuine title challenge in the way the two Glasgow clubs did. And with Rangers gone, the competition has turned to nothing.
The Hoops have few worries about the other teams, as many are made up of ex-Football League players, who have then gone on to play in Scotland's top division. Hardly the players who are going to throw Scottish football back as a major European nation.
And even their own squad is full of disappointments. How Georgios Samaras is still plying his trade at Celtic Park is a mystery, whilst forward Anthony Stokes could only score three goals in his three years at Sunderland, not exactly on the same level as former Celtic strikers such as Henrik Larsson and John Hartson.
Neil Lennon's side qualified for the Champions League with their first place finish, but on the European stage only heaped more embarrassment on Scottish football, taking just three points from six matches. Yes, last season they beat Barcelona at home, but that doesn't make them a big European power, because they couldn't folllow it up.
Rangers are making their way back up the divisions, having been kicked to the bottom league, and last season won promotion. They are in line for another promotion this season, which will see them just a league away from a return to the big time, and even with so many years out, you just know they will be pushing Celtic at the top.
There have been calls for the big two to join English football for years now, but where exactly will they fit in? Look at Celtic's squad and not a chance would they be anywhere near the top of the league. Their best players (Hooper, Wanyama) both left for mid-table Premier League sides, and their squad now has nobody who would get in the likes of Southampton's squad. Surely they would just be relegation contenders?
They no longer receive automatic qualification for Europe's biggest tournament, a massive blow which signals what UEFA truly thinks of the division.
Scottish football is at an all time low thanks to Rangers relegation, but even before then it was falling to new depths. Their national team is a disaster, having not qualified for anything since 1998, little money in the sport and no competition. Scottish football truly is on its knees.
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