By Myles Edwards
Hearts and Hibs bosses have clashed over Walter Smith’s claim that Scottish football is dying a slow death.
The Rangers manager said on Friday that it would harm Scottish football if the Old Firm were to remain in the Scottish Premier League.
He said: “I think if we don’t leave the SPL, Scottish football is in danger of dying. We are already seeing a downturn financially, with our top players moving out of the SPL.”
Csaba Laszlo, the Hearts manager feels that Rangers and Celtic are looking to ‘run away’ from the problems of Scottish football.
Laszlo is adamant that he would like the Old Firm to stay in the SPL and help make the league “more attractive for sponsors and supporters”.
He said: “We must not have problems, but solutions. We must search deeper. I think at the moment we must make the league bigger, not smaller and weaker.
The Jam Tarts boss went on to say how he feels all 12 SPL clubs must pull together to improve Scottish football and look at it in a positive light.
“The problem in Scottish football is deeper. I know we can come out, but to run away from the problems is maybe not the best solution.
“We must make Scottish football more attractive for sponsors, supporters and for the National team to play more successful football in the big competitions like Poland/Ukraine (2012) and also to bring more big name players back to the Scottish league.”
Hibernian manager, John Hughes appears more understanding of the Old Firm’s wishes to move south of the border, stating that he “understands why they [Rangers and Celtic] would want to go to pastures new”.
He said today: “Football is becoming global. The revenue that they can make elsewhere would be tenfold to what it is in Scotland.
“Does Scottish football need the Old Firm? Yes – I think we do. I think they are our showcase two teams; they carry the banner for Scottish football.
“If they did move, I think everybody else in Scotland would say, ‘We fancy our chances to win this league’.”
By Myles Edwards