Rangers legend Ally McCoist has dropped his verdict on a long-running debate concerning his former club, Celtic and the Premier League.

For many years, there’s been talk of the Old Firm leaving Scottish football behind for the riches of the English top flight.

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It’s been suggested that Rangers may be better off in the Premier League. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s something that’s highly unlikely to happen any time soon but the debate is kept alive largely by pundits south of the border.

The topic is a common one on talkSPORT, with some guests and presenters backing Scotland’s big two to thrive in the Premier League and others suggesting that they’d either fail or have to start off lower down the English football pyramid in the interests of fairness.

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Now, McCoist has had his say.

“Celtic and Rangers are big enough to play in the top-flight…in five years, they could be top six,” he asserted [talkSPORT via Amazon Prime Video Sport].

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Ally McCoist thinks Rangers and Celtic would thrive south of the border. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The comment stimulated plenty of debate on Twitter, with many Rangers supporters agreeing with their club’s all-time record goalscorer and plenty of English club fans disagreeing.

It’s all very much hypothetical anyway, but it’s hard to see how clubs like Rangers and Celtic, who already have extensive experience of high-level football in UEFA competitions and boast massive fanbases, wouldn’t be able to compete if given access to the same resources as existing Premier League clubs.

In other news, a Rangers representative is set to attend a potentially historic meeting at Hampden Park today.

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