DOZY Dave King, the Rangers chairman, insists Celtic’s pursuit of a historic 10th successive title is flawed – because those won during the Ibrox club’s absence from the top division should NOT count.
The Hoops have clocked up six in a row taking them to within four of what would be a landmark achievement.
It would be one better than the remarkable achievement of Jock Stein’s team from 1966 to 1974.
However, King reckons the chase for 10 consecutive crowns is solely a duel between the two clubs, meaning the four “irrelevant” championships won by the Parkhead side between 2013 and 2016 – when the Govan outfit were in the lower leagues after going into liquidation – should not be included in their current tally.
King said: “I was asked in the Q&A session in Las Vegas recently if I thought Celtic could get 10 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 10.
“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 to 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 10. They won’t even get close.”