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Lisbon Lion Jim Craig Says He Was Surprised By the ‘Poor State’ of Ibrox

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig Says He Was Surprised By the ‘Poor State’ of Ibrox

Celtic legend Jim Craig has admitted he was surprised by the poor state of Ibrox after attending Rangers‘ home ground for one of last season’s Old Firm matches.

Craig will forever be a hero to the Hoops support after playing his part in the club’s iconic European Cup win of 1967, and still regularly attends Celtic functions on behalf of the club.

With the Hoops celebrating the 50th anniversary of their historic win in Lisbon last season, Craig and his fellow Lions spent a lot of the campaign on the road with the current first-team – including to the home of their bitter rivals.

Speaking in an interview with the CeltsAreHere, Craig said: “Brendan Rodgers has done a great job since he came in and I would not be at all surprised if we picked up another Treble at the end of the season.

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“However, it would also be fair to say to say that the quality of the opposition in Scotland is not all it might be.

“Even our traditional rivals from across the city are not in the best of financial health and I was really surprised at the poor state inside of Ibrox when I attended one of the derbies last season.

“Quite a number of clubs are in financial trouble and do not have the cash to bring in players of a better standard than the ones already in the club

“If we don’t get the competition we need from teams in Scotland, then when we hit the European scene, we have to raise out game quite considerably when we come up against some of the Continent’s best teams.

“This is difficult to achieve and it is no surprise that we can struggle at that level.”

As we’ve told you in the past, there have been concerns for some time about the state of Ibrox Stadium and whether or not the pitch, stands and roofing have been falling into disrepair over the last few years.

What do you make of Craig’s comments? Is he right to mention the state of Ibrox – and is he correct when he refers to the lack of competition in the Scottish Premiership at the moment?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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