It seems the the debate regarding Rangers’ liquidation event in 2012 will rumble on forever, with former Celtic captain Paul Lambert wading into the discussion about the decision to have them start in the then Division Three after financial disaster.
The Ibrox side had to reapply to join the SPL after ‘oldco’ Rangers liquidated over five years ago, but clubs voted almost unanimously against the prospect, forcing a four-year journey in Scotland’s lower leagues to make it into the top-flight.
It’s a saga that Lambert feels had a detrimental effect on Scottish football as a whole.
Speaking to beIN Sports, the former Hoops midfielder said:
I think it was the worst decision to demote Rangers three leagues. It wasn’t good for the Scottish game, the Scottish league and certainly not for the national team. Celtic and Rangers, in years gone by, provided a lot of players for the national team and it’s mainly Celtic now. That’s the bigger picture and people hadn’t really thought it through. Nobody thought, ‘Well how is this going to affect Scotland, the league itself, Glasgow as a city?’ I think it was the wrong decision to put them down three leagues.
It’s fair to say though that his comments haven’t exactly been well received by Celtic supporters, who feel their former captain is wide of the mark to suggest it’s been wrong for the game in Scotland, also criticising his assertion that Rangers were demoted.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
Paul lambert was a great player but was never the sharpest tool in the box
— Andrew Weir (@BhoyinBrisbane) December 19, 2017
Stunning ignorance from Lambert. Rangers were liquidated, they weren't 'put down', except in the euthenasia sense. #yerclubsdiedbeatit
— Markie_bhoy (@TheLoagster) December 19, 2017
They broke the rules and got back in ahead of others. They were never demoted and if Paul Lambert really thinks that, then I hope he never has anything to do with Celtic again. Stupid thing to say for an ex Celtic Captain! https://t.co/0qtZBBOxUy
— Seanbhoy7 (@SeanHearn7) December 19, 2017
I wonder if someone could ask Paul Lambert how a club that finished second in the league could be "demoted" as he claims🙄
— Uppity O'Connor (@bigronni3) December 19, 2017
Paul Lambert is clearly suffering some sort of concussion. He should speak to a doctor.
Motherwell, Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen are flourishing. The top Scottish league has never been stronger.
— 😸RogueCat😸 (@_RogueCat_) December 20, 2017
As much as I loved him as a player. He made trigger look bright.
— thomas mcdade (@thomasmcdade1) December 19, 2017
Just read an coment from paul lambert sayin "it was the wrong decision to put r#ngers down 3 divisions"!!!!😂😂 Sorry to tell ye this paul they wern't PUT down 3 leagues they were just put down!!!
— kennybhoy1967 (@kenneth87213934) December 19, 2017
Did nobody tell Paul what really happened? 😂
— 🏴🍀Stephen Wray🍀🏴 (@CelticRockRoars) December 19, 2017
always thought lambert was an intelligent guy, just goes to show how wrong you can be about someone!
— Robert Flynn (@fly1916) December 19, 2017