Rangers chairman Dave King has once more sought to rattle the cages of his rivals by claiming that Celtic will never win ten league titles in a row because he chooses to discount those won when the Ibrox club were not in the top flight.
Celtic will be seeking a seventh straight championship when the new campaign begins on 5 August. King, though, refuses to count four of their titles because there was no Rangers in the top league following their liquidation in 2012.
Asked if he was concerned about Celtic winning ten in a row, King said: “That topic comes up a lot and I was asked about in the Q&A session in Las Vegas recently [at the North American Rangers Supporters Association convention]. I was asked if I thought Celtic could get ten in a row.
“My response is that Celtic have got two in a row at this point in time. So they need to win another eight to get to ten. Do I think there’s any chance of them getting another eight? I don’t think there’s any chance of them doing that before us winning another league title.
“Celtic have got six league titles but the concept of nine-in-a-row is a competition between Rangers and Celtic. So if Rangers went into the English Premier League and Celtic stayed behind in Scotland and won 20 league titles, there would be no point them saying to Rangers fans ‘we’ve won 20 in a row’. It’s irrelevant if Rangers are not there. So it’s a challenge among ourselves.
“The fact that Rangers were removed from that league for four years suspended the nine-in-a-row pursuit. They’ve got the titles but they haven’t got nine-in-a-row in competition with Rangers. That only recommenced last season. So as far as Rangers are concerned, Celtic haven’t got six in a row. They’ve got two. And they’ll never get to ten. They won’t even get close.”