McGlynn: SPL thriving without Gers
Hearts manager John McGlynn insists the Scottish Premier League
is exciting without Rangers – and believes it could thrive without
With the SPL teams having all played each other, aside from
Dundee United’s fixtures against Celtic and Motherwell, only eight
points separate leaders Celtic from 11th-placed St Mirren.
It makes for an exciting first season since Rangers were
consigned to liquidation and forced to start again at the foot of
the Scottish Football League.
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has revived the debate
about a European league in recent weeks, claiming his club would be
at the forefront of any such movement.
And McGlynn feels Scotland’s other clubs would boost their
attendances if both Old Firm clubs moved on.
McGlynn said: “If you look at the league table there are only
six points between second top and second bottom.
“And who would have thought that going into November that Celtic
would only be two points clear?
“And take Celtic out the league and who could predict anything?
It’s so tight and evenly-balanced that each team could beat each
“I think it could be entirely exciting, I think it is exciting.
Most people will predict Celtic will win the league and I don’t
think that has changed.
“How many fans would think they could win the league if Celtic
weren’t in it at this stage? They would all fancy their chances of
winning that league.
“That would cause great excitement and bring fans back to the
“If you look at the capacity of stadiums now, we would all fill
those stadiums if we realistically thought we had a chance of
winning the league.”