Bocanegra: Celtic to wrap up title by Christmas

American Carlos Bocanegra reveals his frustration at the SPL's decision to exclude newco Rangers from the Scottish top flight, claiming their rivals will run away with the league
According to Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra, Celtic will run away with the SPL title and will have it won by Christmas.

The American international has yet to return to Glasgow for pre-season training, but he has made his views clear on the league's decision to exclude newco Rangers from Scotland's top flight.

"Celtic are going to win the league in December. It’s frustrating," the 33-year-old told the Daily Mail.

"Sometimes, I don't understand. The people in the league, they want to punish [Rangers] for wrongdoing, but then they are just hurting themselves."

The Scottish Football League will meet next Friday to decide on which league newco Rangers will feature in next season.

On the topic of the meeting, Bocanegra added: "Hopefully, they don’t put them down there [to the Third Division] because I think that is going to set Scottish football back so far.

"Rangers is such a big institution, such a big club. I love going to work there every day. It is seriously the coolest club that I have ever been a part of."

Bocanegra's own future remains uncertain, but he is free to leave Ibrox under the terms of the wage-out agreement that was signed by the club when they entered administration in February.

A number of players have opted to leave the club, with the likes of Steven Davis, Steven Naismith, Jamie Ness and Steven Whittaker all finding new clubs across the border.

"A lot of the fans are now starting to turn on the players because that is all they have left to get angry at. It is just a very tough and unfortunate situation," Bocanegra went on to say.

"Anybody who is leaving Rangers or staying there, it's just a personal decision for those guys. You can't blame anybody."

Nevertheless, Bocanegra is keeping his options open and has even considered a return to his homeland.

He added: "I have got to explore my options. I need to speak with the manager, as well. We kept missing each other. It wouldn't be fair to speak out of turn if I haven’t spoken to him yet.

"I would never rule out this (MLS). I like the league. I started there. I think that it is a good league with stadiums like the one here (New England Revolution) and in Kansas City and New York.

"It's awesome how much the league has grown. It's certainly not a second-tier league."