Hibs' Ron Gordon: Celtic success not great for Scotland

By David Walton

July 3, 2019

New Hibernian owner Ron Gordon has had a pop at Celtic’s success and doesn’t think it’s good for Scottish football.

The new man has taken over the Easter Road side from Tom Farmer. In a terrific move for the club, Hibernian are now debt free, as Scottish football continues to go from strength to strength.

One of the real frustrations for the likes of Hibs, however, is Celtic’s sustained success. The Hoops have won the last nine domestic trophies on offer. In addition to that, Celtic are eight-in-a-row champions with their eyes firmly on securing nine and 10. The last three years has arguably been the most dominant a team has been in Scottish football history.

Celtic secured eight-in-a-row last season(Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gordon, however, spoke just hours after taking over the club. Speaking to Edinburgh Live, he said that Celtic’s continued dominance isn’t great for the Scottish game as a whole.

“It would be great for Scottish football if that happened (Hibs winning the league). I don’t know how we will do that yet as I am still learning.

“I don’t think it necessarily a good thing that a club like Celtic wins every year. It does not do the game any good. It’s great for Celtic and congratulations to them but I think it would be good for the game to have a more competitive league.

“It is not unusual in football many countries in that there are two or three clubs who dominate and then you have the middle group.”

Ron Gordon entitled to his opinion

He certainly speaks like a man who’s just new in the country and doesn’t know a lot about the league. The USA born entrepreneur has done Scottish football a good service in ridding Hibs of its debt, and he deserves credit for it.

But at the end of the day, where is this detrimental effect Celtic’s dominance is supposed to have? Still, the Premiership has attracted big names such as Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard, Steve Clarke, and Angelo Alessio respectively.

Celtic’s success hasn’t put off big names coming to Scotland (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Players with big reputations such as Timothy Weah and Jermaine Defoe don’t see it as a poor league to come up and make an impression in. Talent in Scotland is probably as high now as it has been in a very long time.

The league continues to get stronger, with teams such as Celtic, Aberdeen, and Rangers wanting big money for their players. For example, Celtic reportedly want around £10million for the out-of-sorts Olivier Ntcham (Football Scotland). They also apparently won’t settle for anything less than £25m for Kieran Tierney (Daily Mail).

Neil Lennon is being tasked with continuing our unprecedented success (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Smaller clubs such as Motherwell and Hibs have agreed meaty seven-figure fees for players such as John McGinn and David Turnbull respectively.

There’s been a growth in Scottish football throughout Celtic’s success. That’s not because of how dominant we’ve been. But it also shows that Celtic’s sustained dominance is hardly as disastrous as some make out. There’s always the intrigue of a team potentially stopping us in our tracks, and that alone makes for an exciting environment up here.