Dave King has detailed his fears that the sorry plight of Rangers in recent years could have led to Scotland becoming a one-team country for decades.
He claimed that if Gers hadn’t made an incredible comeback, Celtic would have won 20 or 30 consecutive titles.
After the Gers were let down by those at the top and forced to compete in the fourth tier of the Scottish football league system in 2012 their Old Firm rivals took advantage to capitalise and set about making a mockery of the Premiership.
They won nine-in-a-row while the Light Blues started from scratch and made their way back up the leagues before promotion back to the big time in 2016 and after a period of consolidation, Rangers are now officially back and on the cusp of title number 55 to break Hoops hearts.
Speaking on The Gallant Few podcast [Season 2: Episode 47, 16/02/21], former chairman King shared his thoughts at the time, saying: “The club was in very dire circumstances. We were struggling at Championship level, never mind challenging for the Premiership title. We were actually struggling to get out of the Championship.
“Mike Ashley and the Easdale (Greenock businessmen James and Sandy) axis had this sort of vice-like grip on the club and its finances to the extent that it was absolutely clear if there wasn’t some kind of intervention Rangers would never be a competing club in Scotland again.
“I viewed it as being extremely dire – to the point that Scotland would become a one team country. Celtic could have lifted 20 titles in a row, 30 titles in a row, never mind 10. There was just no prospect of any other club challenging them because they didn’t have the resources.”
The dark days are over
The cream always rises to the top and that can certainly be said for our rapid rise back to our rightful place on the throne of Scottish football.
After being hung out to dry by all and sundry the Gers have battled back from the brink to being on the verge of a historic season, even by our lofty standards.
A stunning start to the campaign has ensured we sit 18 points clear of our bitter rivals at the peak of the Premiership and eyeing a season of invincibility.
After 29 games Steven Gerrard’s side are yet to taste defeat and could smash a number of records on the way to 55.
Currently sat on 79 points the Gers have 27 points left to play for and a maximum return would see them end the season on 106, three points clear of the 2002/03 Celtic side under Martin O’Neill.
What will that say about their team compared to this current Rangers crop?
With the resumption of the Europe League on Thursday there is also a chance for the Gers to make their mark on the European stage with a lengthy run in the competition.
Then there really will be no match for this super squad assembled by Gerrard and co.
How far we have come from the dark days alluded to by King, and how much more we still have to achieve.
The future is bright, the future is blue.
We’re not ready to relinquish our tag as top-dogs any time soon.
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