Rangers meltdown handling 'caused real harm' to Scottish football, CL winner insists
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Former Celtic star thinks handling of Rangers meltdown was a 'disaster'

Former Celtic star Paul Lambert thinks that the handling of Rangers’ financial meltdown in 2012 was an “absolute disaster” and believes that the decision to send the Gers to the Third Division “caused real harm” to Scottish football.

The Champions League winner admits that he has no problems with the Gers being punished but the whole shambles hurt the image of the game in Scotland.

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Lambert is adamant the decision to kick Rangers out of the SPL was a “big mistake” which also hurt the national team.

“I was in England on the outside looking in and I thought it was an absolute disaster for the game and for Scottish football,” Lambert said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It was a disaster PR-wise, not only for Rangers, but for the image of our game as a whole.

“If Rangers were to get punished, fine, no problem.

“But to send them down to the bottom leagues caused real harm to the Scottish game.

“Over the years, the Scotland manager could always rely on three, four, five Rangers players but in the Third Division Rangers had players who would never in a million years be good enough for the national team.

“Whoever made that decision, got it bang wrong. If Rangers needed to be fined, fine them. But taking them out of the league was a big mistake in my opinion.”

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Rangers’ time in the lower divisions was a slog for Gers fans and even now it still makes little sense that clubs were willing to harm themselves financially to get one over on the Gers.

Scottish football is only getting back into its feet now and those responsible for the huge damage to the game need to be held to account.

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