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Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon happy to welcome Rangers back into top flight

By Graham Luney

Neil Lennon has warmly welcomed Rangers' return to the top-flight of Scottish football.

Former Celtic boss Lennon relished many titanic battles with the Gers before the Ibrox club's fall from grace which saw them slide down the divisions following liquidation in 2012.

A four-year journey from the bottom division to the Scottish Premiership was completed on Tuesday night when Mark Warburton's men sealed the Championship title and a return ticket to the big time.

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Lennon, who has been tipped to return to the Hoops should Ronny Deila part company with Celtic, said Rangers' return was good news for Scottish football.

"Scottish football needs the big clubs," argued former Northern Ireland international Lennon.

"They really need the Old Firm games to sell Scottish football. Celtic have done okay but you will have at least four Celtic-Rangers games next season and from a selling point of view you can sell the game through television rights.

"Rangers coming back will make the competition better, will improve the levels of interest and the standard of football will be better because there will be more money coming into the game."

Ally McCoist, who was in charge of Rangers when they were placed in the Scottish Third Division in 2012, added: "We're a small nation that certainly needs all of its big clubs playing against each other."

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