For all the abuse we (rightly?) give the SPFL and its standing in world football, Scotland’s Premiership is officially now the world’s/Europe’s 9th best league.
Yes, most of this achievement, nay, 99% of this is down to how well Rangers have done in the Europa League the past five years, but it doesn’t change the facts.
Down to how well Rangers have done, Scotland is not just a top 10 European league but a top 9 one.
The best in Europe? In order, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, France, Portugal and Belgium.
That’s your top 8.
Scotland is 9th, which is a big deal, because despite us fans dismissing Rangers’ domestic league as a backwater, regardless of the reasons for it being otherwise, it clearly now isn’t.
The other big change in European leagues we talked about before was that Holland is now a top 5 league, taking France’s place. Not surprising given the mess in Ligue 1 these days with PSG a complete shambles.
Know what else is incredible? Scotland, again thanks to Rangers, isn’t even THAT far behind the top 5. Fifth place Holland have a ranking of 52.1, whereas Scotland are 30.4. For context, England are miles away at 88.9.
So thanks to Rangers, our domestic league is actually able to attract better quality players than it maybe used to be able to, especially in the days of Rangers not being in the top flight.
Would the Butlands and Dessers have come back in the day? Who knows, but thanks to where Rangers are and where, staggeringly, the SPL is these days, such players are willing to come here.
Celtic can also thank us, they do have more money than us yes, but the SPL isn’t the hellhole it once was and helps them attract better players now too – we might think it rubbish, but it’s the 9th best league in Europe, and that’s pretty staggering.
Who wouldn’t want to face St Mirren in Paisley on a wet Tuesday night in November…