McGlynn: SPL thriving without Gers

Hearts manager John McGlynn insists the Scottish Premier League

is exciting without Rangers – and believes it could thrive without

Celtic too.

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.”