How would Rangers cope with a return to the Scottish Premiership?

Rangers are pushing for a return to the top table of Scottish football.

If the impact of Stuart McCall continues to grow then Rangers could complete their journey back to the Scottish Premiership, but how would they cope after three seasons away?

Obviously this is assuming that Rangers get promoted through the play-offs, which, while by no means inevitable, is still very much a possibility going towards the end of the campaign.

The Gers made their way through Scotland’s bottom two leagues at a canter and have been hit with a massive reality shock this season, especially in the shape of Hearts and Hibernian, clubs that have both pushed Rangers.

It can be argued that the difference in quality from Scottish League One to the Championship is the biggest, with not too much separating the top of the Championship from the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership.

The current plan aims for Rangers to be back on top by 2022, so maybe survival would be acceptable providing it gave the team a platform to build from.

There are three factors that Rangers need to address if they are to have a successful return to the SPL: recruitment, experience and consistency, regardless of who is in charge at the time.

Recruitment and experience can be seen as one and the same, with a need to get players with top-flight experience, because the Gers players who have that on their CV haven't had that experience recently, apart from Kris Boyd who may have departed by then.

Rangers’ talented youngsters don’t have any top-flight pedigree either and will have to learn on the job quickly if they are to make an impact and stake a claim for first-team places in the long run.

Consistency will play a key role in the season just as it has this term, Rangers won’t be able to afford a run of poor results like they suffered this season because there won’t be the weaker teams like Cowdenbeath or Livingston – who they also struggled against at times – to provide an easier game or confidence boosting win.

The season should be used to re-establish themselves as an SPL team and that involves adopting realistic aims, a comfortable bottom-half finish would suffice, or at a push aim for sixth-place.

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