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What is next for Scottish football?

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As a fan of Scottish football myself, it really does pain me to admit but the Scottish game that we once knew and admired has taken a serious hit in recent times. However is there any coming back for Scottish football as a whole? 

In the last few years, this downward spiral has never been so apparent, beginning in June 2012 with the liquidation of Rangers after the club had been in administration since February that year and financial trouble for much longer before such times. 

Since Rangers' liquidation, Celtic has cemented its domination in the league without many other clubs making the step up to take advantage of the void left by the club's liquidation. Celtic have won the league since then by significant margins.

The league was revamped last year to give it a new lease of life and it did so connecting the top flight and lower leagues' by settling their promotion and relegation matters via play-offs at the end of each year. This has proven to create a unity between the clubs and fans alike of each league. 

There is in fact continual talk of both Celtic and Rangers moving south of the border to the English football pyramid with the former being talked about increasingly more since the latter's liquidation. Would this be good for the game in Scotland?

Well, I believe there is two possible outcomes, one of which is that if the two Glasgow clubs were to go into English football, all other clubs could then thrive with the two heavyweights of Scottish football gone and it could become a more open and entertaining setup.

However it could go the opposite way and the league could dwindle further as it would seem that people could lose interest and big broadcasting companies such as Sky or BT Sport could decrease their investment or even pull out all together. This is backed up by the fact that these companies did lower their investments when Rangers were relegated to the, then, third division. 

This option may not need to be considered never mind even carried out as it seems increasingly likely that Rangers will be back in the top flight the season after this coming one, which will add that competitive edge to the league again.

And with the Old Firm derby back, the interest of external parties will be heightened greatly. Maybe after all, the league isn't as bad as first thought - however people will just have to accept that the league will be substandard to other leagues in Europe unless there is drastic changes within the Scottish game.

But for the mean time, it isn't going anywhere, be that down or up.

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