The Scottish Premier League is rated as the 24th strongest league in the world according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.
The organisation, which receives logistical support from world’s football governing body FIFA and is recognised by them, lists Scotland’s top league 24th, behind the Czech Republic and Swiss League. It is quite a drop from last year’s position when the SPL was in 17th spot.
La Liga is rated number one, while the English Premier League is fifth – smashing the notion that the EPL is the best league in the world, as it sits behind both the Bundesliga and Serie A.
In what would be a slap in the face for the SPL hierarchy, the Mexican, Columbian and South Korean leagues have a higher ranking than our top league – which is set to under reconstruction in the next year or so if proposals are voted through.
Northern Ireland sit in 63rd, while the Republic of Ireland’s top league is in 71st place. Wales are in 114th below Syria, Botswana and Burkina Faso.
Meanwhile, the IFFHS has rated SPL champions Celtic 22nd in the world out of their top 400 clubs list, down one from last year – although the rankings came out before Celtic qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League in December.
Barcelona as expected are ranked number one in the world, while Manchester United and Manchester City are ranked 30th and 32nd respectively.
Hearts sit in 191th spot, while city rivals Hibs are 334th.
However, there is no place for Third Division side Rangers, who were once rated 19th in the world back in 2009, they do not feature in the top 400 clubs in the world.
There is a place for Rangers in Europe’s Club of the Century top 200 sitting in 24th place, three places behind city rivals Celtic in 21st. Dundee United are 63rd, Hibs are 72nd and Aberdeen are 78th. Real Madrid took top spot.
The IFFHS state that their rankings are determined annually on the basis of all national (championship, FA Cup) and (inter)continental (confederations & FIFA club competitions) results of the clubs, further stating that ‘this principle has proved to be a very sensitive and an objective indicator’.
In a statement to Scotzine, the IFFHS said of Rangers’ exclusion in their top 400 list was because of their ‘relegation’.When asked by us why Rangers were excluded from the top 400, their spokesperson said: “Because of the relegation, the “Gers” did not more receive points since July 2012 and lost many hundred places in the Club World Ranking, which always only takes into consideration the last 12 months. Also the yields of Rangers FC in the first half-year 2012 was very low.
“We publish the final Club World Ranking 2012 tomorrow. Rangers FC is only in the 833rd place and will furthermore lose many places, if they [do]not come in the final rounds of the Scottish FA Cup. “Juve” (Italy) had the same way to go.”