Celtic ace Virgil van Dijk says Rangers face a tough challenge

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Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk says the Scottish Premiership would not be easy for Rangers.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has warned Rangers they face a real challenge even if they win promotion to the Scottish Premiership, speaking in the Scottish Sun.

The Dutch international featured earlier this season as Celtic knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup, their first match against each other in three seasons.

Rangers still have a huge task ahead of them to even reach the top flight, after an unconvincing season in the Scottish Championship.

They have let Hearts run away with the title, and are in a tight battle with Hibs to secure a play-off spot.

Van Dijk said: "I don't think they're on the same level as us at the moment. There would be more pressure and tension if they were in our league.

"But that's going to be tough for them. We'll see."

The defender sounds unconvinced Rangers will even be playing in the division next season. Their unpredictable form has made their potential return look far from clear cut.

Rangers and Celtic rivalries being resumed would be good for the Scottish game, but only if Rangers deserve their place.

They are 22 points worse off than the league leaders and only one ahead of Hibs with two games to go. With the last match of the season they must travel to Hearts, a game which could derail their season.

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