Rivalry renewed: Rangers finish long trip back to Scottish Premiership

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The Old Firm will finally be back in the same league.

Rangers completed their long journey from the Third Division back to the Scottish Premiership by clinching promotion with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton on Tuesday.

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The Gers boast a 17-point table lead over Falkirk, and advance to the Premiership in their second try. Rangers were sent down to the fourth-tier after entering liquidation in 2012.

Now we’ll regularly see one of the fiercest rivalries in world football on a regular basis, as Rangers join first-tier power and fellow Glaswegian side Celtic in Scotland’s top flight.

Rangers have 54 top-tier titles, the most in Scottish history, but Celtic have the last four and a total of 46. Celtic also has a five-point lead on Aberdeen in this year’s table.

From 1995-2012, there was only one season where Celtic and Rangers didn’t finish 1 or 2. That was 2005-06, when Hearts nipped Rangers to second.

Since the Gers were sent down for the financial troubles, Motherwell has finished second twice, and Aberdeen once.