As reported by The Daily Mail, former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has predicted the Hoops treble winning dominance could continue for years and have a negative impact on Scottish football.
Petrov made over 300 appearances for the Hoops in a successful seven-year spell at the club so knows a thing or two about the footballing landscape in Scotland, but are his latest comments wide of the mark?
The former Bulgarian international has been speaking ahead of Celtic’s massive clash with Rangers this weekend, with Brendan Rodgers side on the brink of securing a seventh successive league title at the expense of their rivals.
Also just a Scottish Cup Final away from winning another domestic treble, the Hoops have never been more dominant in Scottish football.
Petrov believes it’s a situation that could continue for years, but doesn’t believe that’s necessarily to the benefit of the game in Scotland.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, the former Celtic favourite said:
I think Celtic have got a chance to win the Treble again next season as well. If Rangers keeps going the same way, they have a chance to do it over the next three years.
We predicted it a year ago and they are going to do it strongly. I would say that it is sad in one way because, if we see that happen, Scottish football will lose its identity.
The advertising in Scottish football is Celtic v Rangers. I come from a different country and every time the game came up, I’d watch it. The build-up, the excitement, the electricity – everything. If that is lost, it would be very sad for Scottish football. I’m saying that as an outsider.
While lack of competition is never necessarily healthy, Celtic have to continue with their foot to the floor in their search for trophies and it’s on the other teams to try and close the gap.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic are currently setting a standard that the chasing pack must aspire to, rather than feel a victim of.
That Rangers are in such a mess recently is not connected to the performance of their city rivals, they have simply mismanaged their managerial appointments and until January their player recruitment too.
That Celtic are so dominant is likely a motivating factor to teams like Aberdeen, Hibernian and the Light Blues, increasing their ambition and therefore standards at each club.
One day a challenge will come for the Hoops, but for the moment everyone connected with the club should savour their current success and enjoy it worry-free from the potential that it is destroying Scottish football.