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Rangers' demise has not ruined Scottish football

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Two years ago, it seemed as if Scottish football would begin the worst period of its history. Rangers' relegation to the fourth tier left the game in a bad state. 

The national team were not performing up to standard and it now seemed as if Celtic would dominate the Scottish football scene for decades. Despite Celtic now winning three titles in a row, it hasn't quite planned out as many thought.

This season has been particularly surprising. Both the League Cup and Scottish Cup finals were contested between non-Old Firm teams - Aberdeen v Inverness and St Johnstone v Dundee United. United's team of youngsters have been particularly impressive.

Andrew Robertson, John Souttar, Ryan Gauld and Gary Mackay-Steven make up part of the team that have performed well this year. The main success being that all these players have stayed with the Tangerines despite transfer interest.

If Dundee United can keep these players, then it shows signs of improvement that the best Scottish youth prospects may continue to contribute to the SPL before heading off to the bright lights of the Premier League.

Stevie May's season has been something of brilliance too. Again, he has stated his desire to stay put at St Johnstone after winning the Scottish Cup, despite interest from Peterborough United in League One.

He has excelled through the leagues, scoring during loan spells with Alloa and Hamilton before being brought into the first team at McDiarmid Park to win some silverware.

Up and down the country, new blood is impressing. John McGinn, Jason Naismith and Sean Kelly at St Mirren are more examples of the emergence of some of the most talented youngsters in the league in a decade.

The excitement has returned to the game too. No-one expected the introduction of the play-off between the Premier League and the Championship to be so impressive. All the teams from 7th-11th were embroiled in the fight until the very end.

Fans from all across the country were intrigued to see who would end up in the place that would set up a two-legged affair with one of the strongest teams from the division below.

There is a long way to go before we can truly say that Scottish football is back. Hibs, Hearts and Rangers are all having their individual problems, and it is not all nice and dandy across the league.

But with attendances on the rise, the new youth of Scotland choosing to stay in the league as well as the national team jumping up the world rankings, the SPFL can have a relaxing summer knowing that it's been a very enjoyable and rewarding season for Scottish football.

 

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