Stuart McCall sets ambitious target for Rangers - if they win promotion

Stuart McCall believes Rangers can return to European football if they win promotion back to the top flight.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told Sky Sports that he believes the club could return to European football in the coming years.

McCall, 50, took charge of Rangers last month having replaced Kenny McDowall in March, and he's currently unbeaten in his first four games in charge.

Two successive wins have Rangers challenging for second place in the Scottish Championship, which is a key spot in the play-off race.

Promotion back to the Scottish Premiership is a possibility for Rangers, and Scottish football needs a club the size of Rangers to be in the top flight.

Of course, it isn't that long ago that Rangers were facing the likes of Manchester United, Inter Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League, as well as their UEFA Cup FInal against Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008, which they lost 2-0.

The surroundings of Alloa Athletic and Cowdenbeath may be a far cry from those heady European days, but McCall believes that Rangers can return to continental competition - if they win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership this season.

"If you are talking about the halcyon days when we were challenging for the Champions League, then it will be a long, long time," said McCall. "But if we go up this season, then I see no reason to doubt we can't challenge for the European spots next season."

"Hamilton came up and until they lost their three most influential players in January, they were third. Dundee also came up and are near the top six."

"People might say Rangers will take hidings next year but I don't see that being the case. But as for how long it will take to challenge Celtic and Aberdeen, then that would be open to question," he added.

It's an ambitious target for Rangers, but they appear to be heading in the right direction on and off the pitch - and if that rise continues, McCall will certainly have his eyes on a top three place upon promotion.

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