By Doug Ward

12th May, 2022 | 1:10pm

Jack Ross shares what Michael Stewart told him about Rangers and Celtic off-air at BBC Scotland

Jack Ross and Michael Stewart agree that Rangers and Celtic could both have “hugely successful” seasons if the Gers win the Europa League next week.

Celtic were confirmed as Scottish Premiership champions on Wednesday night (11 May) while the Gers are set to play Frankfurt in Seville and are also set to face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden.

Ex-Hibernian manager Ross shares what he and Stewart agreed upon while off-air at BBC Scotland – but it also seems to involve Hearts winning the Scottish Cup.

“I think given their record against stronger German teams this season, on paper, in their European campaign will point to the fact they’re more than capable of winning it,” Ross said on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene on Wednesday night (11 May), as shown on BBC iPlayer.

“Mike and I were chatting earlier about the fact that if they do so, Rangers and Celtic will both have hugely successful seasons and that doesn’t happen that often.

“Hearts go and win the cup then the top three have all had terrific seasons, which is hugely unusual.

“But I think the fact that they’re in a European final again is terrific for Scottish football.”

Doing the double

Let’s be honest, if we had to choose one of the competitions to win it would easily be the Europa League.

However, there’s every chance that the Gers can do the double next week by winning both competitions and also qualifying for the Champions League next season.

It will be great for Scottish football as a whole for Rangers and Celtic to be in the Champions League while Hearts will also deserve their spot in the Europa League for a strong campaign.

However, we don’t want them to win the Scottish Cup.

It’s a competition that has eluded Rangers for far too long now.

Last time we won the cup was in 2008/09 when Nacho Novo grabbed the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Falkirk.

Since then, we’ve seen Dundee United, St Johnstone and even Inverness win the competition while Celtic have won it six times.

It’s time to win that – but we don’t want it to take priority over winning the Europa League because that game has a once in a lifetime feel about it.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox sensation is set to quit Ibrox within weeks amid a sell-on clause being mooted in a deal.