Kris Commons: It could take months for Rangers to get up to scratch

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The 31-year-old Celtic star feels Rangers have a very long way to go indeed when it comes to challenging the Scottish champions.

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons believes Rangers are 'nowhere near' challenging the Bhoys and could take months just to begin to compete with them, according to the Scotsman.

Commons was discussing a hypothetical situation in which Rangers will have earned promotion to next season's Scottish Premiership and thinks it's hard to say whether the Gers could mount an instant challenge at the top end of the table.

Indeed, the Celtic star feels there is just as much worth talking about Hearts trying to win the league.

Rangers, he says, need to firstly get promoted and, secondly, sign a number of quality players just to increase their level enough to be discussed in the same breath as the Bhoys.

That could take weeks, Commons argues - or even as long as six months.

“It’s hard to say [if Rangers will be able to make an immediate challenge]. First of all they have got to get up," the 31-year-old midfielder told reporters.

“Secondly, they have got to sign some players that are worthy of challenging us. I think they are nowhere near that at the minute.

“That’s all ifs and buts. That might take six months, it might take six weeks."

Commons' message is clear but that certainly doesn't mean the Celtic star wouldn't welcome Rangers back into the top flight.

In fact, the midfield man would welcome the Gers with open arms. He has said so before and admits he misses the buzz only a Celtic - Rangers clash can provide.

Celtic host Partick Thistle tonight, while Rangers travel to Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship on Thursday.

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