Hmm. Not sure I agree mate. Rangers are certainly the "establishment club" but I'd wager Celtic are better known as a worldwide brand than Rangers and their European cup win will always be something they can Lord over their rivals.
Celtic have won one European Cup 50 years ago, whereas that is a great achievement for them it merely sits alongside the achievements by the likes of such footballing giants like Aston Villa, Steaua Bucharest, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, SV Hamburg, Marseille, Red Star Belgrade and is eclipsed by Nottingham Forest, Porto and Benfica who have won twice as many European Cups.
With the exception of maybe Benfica, Marseille and SV Hamburg, Celtic are a bigger club than all of those listed above; so I don't think that is perhaps the best arbiter of the size of club.
There will be many Diehard Rangers supporters throughout Scotland who have never set foot in Ibrox, also there will be many throughout Scotland with no real interest in Football who will state they are Rangers supporters, for historical and non-football reasons too. Also, in addition to Scotland, Rangers are also the biggest club in a neighbouring country by a mile - Northern Ireland - despite not being a member club of that country's Football Association.
Also, for many English people with an interest in Scottish Football, Rangers is their chosen team. More than any other club, including Celtic.
Even amongst our own supporters, there will be many whose early experience of Football involved Rangers, whether it was a Rangers supporting relative, peer group etc. There will still be some with a soft spot for Rangers. It will be the same for supporters of many other provincial teams throughout Scotland.
Rangers are massive, even compared to Chelsea despite them being richer, more successful, having more TV exposure due to the Premiership and being ECL regulars.
Edited by capitanus, 03 December 2017 - 11:43 PM.