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‘THEY ARE NOT A BIG CLUB ANY MORE,’ PETROV’S IBROX VERDICT

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STAN PETROV has joined former Celtic team-mate John Hartson in putting the boot into sagging Sevco.

The former Bulgarian international midfielder has watched as the Ibrox side have got hopelessly lost in a maze of mistakes.

It has been another season of utter turmoil for the club who sacked boss Pedro Caixinha in October and replaced him with Graeme Murty after failing to lure Derek McInnes from Aberdeen.

The defeats have stacked up on the pitch with the team losing seven league games in Govan alone with Hamilton Accies and St Johnstone among the teams who have beaten them. Celtic, of course, contributed to the agony with successive triumphs, 2-0 in September and 3-2 last month.

Neil Lennon’s Hibs have enjoyed two wins, as well, while Kilmarnock picked up three points when the home side’s former hero Kris Boyd netted the only goal of the game.

Experienced former Scotland international double-act Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace, after dressing room tantrums following their 4-0 Scottish Cup hammering from the Hoops on Sunday, are on their way out.

Under-pressure Murty, who is long odds to get the post on a permanent basis, still has to address the indiscipline of Andy Halliday and Daniel Candieas after being subbed while team-mates Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty thought it would be a splendid idea to to emulate Muhammad v Smokin’ Joe Frazier circa 1971 in the tunnel.

The Ibrox team have now been drawn into a skirmish for a top three finish behind rampant Celtic, who can seal their seventh successive Premiership title at Easter Road on Saturday.

A totally underwhelmed Petrov said: “At the moment, people don’t take Rangers as a threat, it’s more Aberdeen or Hibs, Rangers are not one of the biggest clubs.

“I think it’s still a big gap and a long way to go for Rangers.

“As a Celtic fan, I am delighted because more success for Celtic is better, but it’s not healthy for Scottish football and Celtic, as well, because they need someone to compete with.

“One big club in a competition is not interesting, you need another few clubs to compete and make sure the league will improve, but at the moment it’s just a one-horse race.

“At the moment I don’t think Celtic have been pushed or been challenged.”

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