Here’s my theory on why the demise of Rangers could be good for Scottish football:
- Rangers and Celtic have the wrong strategy. They use their financial muscle to out-buy their domestic rivals in the mediocre Balkan player market.
- This approach will never win in Europe where they can’t compete financially.
- The only way to win for small-country clubs in Europe is by fielding a home-grown team – like the Portuguese clubs
- Rangers will be forced down this route by exile in the lower divisions. Mediocre Balkan players will no longer want to play for them.
- They will bob to the surface a few years hence with a renewed sense of identity and a team forged from young Scots players. They will beat complacent, mercenary, Balkan-manned Celtic.
- A new dawn of home-grown Old Firm teams will dawn, feeding through to a better national team.
For more detail, read my new column at ThinkScotland!