Celtic star Jozo Simunovic says that it’s great to see rivals Rangers sitting top of the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers leapfrogged Celtic into top spot with a fine 2-1 win at Hearts on Sunday. It’s the first time Rangers have been top of the league since Ally McCoist was in charge in the season 2011-12.

Many have been quick to shrug off the fact Rangers are sitting top. Most rival supporters have instead just rambled on about how it means less because Celtic didn’t play Premiership football at the weekend. Those people are failing to recognise the symbolism of the club going top.

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Jozo Simunovic claims that it’s great to see Rangers sitting top (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Simunovic, however, has been open and honest about Steven Gerrard’s men taking top spot. Speaking in the Daily Record, the Bosnian stated that competition is healthy.

“For us it is good Rangers are good, so we can give even more. It brings the best out of us. We need that.

“We have a game in hand. In football the pressure is all the time, especially if you want to win the league. That can only be a positive for us.”

Saying what rival fans don’t want to believe

It’s not often you’ll hear a rival star say something so many of his fans don’t want to believe. Simunovic, however, has gone against what many of his own supporters like to think.

Rangers-minded people have for years stated that Celtic need competition. Rangers pushing Celtic would be great for both teams and for Scottish football. Of course, you have the sizable element of supporters who only want to believe that just Celtic should be dominating Scottish football.

Rangers are on their way back this season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s a fear from many that Rangers are on their road back, and some can’t take it. With the Ibrox side’s rivals craving 10 titles in a row, this renaissance from Rangers is all coming a bit too soon for them.

It’s therefore refreshing to see a bit of honesty from a player towards his rivals. Simunovic has only stated the truth, and competition simply has to be cherished in this country.

For Rangers, it’s about staying at the summit now for as long as possible. Keep winning and Celtic won’t be able to do anything about it.

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