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Rangers hero Andy Goram: We can't compete with Celtic

Rangers hero Andy Goram believes promotion could come too soon for the club.

Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram has voiced his concern about the club's ability to compete in the Scottish Premiership next season.

Goram told SkySports he does not expect them to contest for the title with Celtic if they are promoted, and would not see it as a negative if they miss out on reaching the top flight.

Rangers are heading into a play-off against Hibernian, after only narrowly defeating Queen of the South 3-2 over two legs in the semi-final, an opponent they once would have blown away.

Goram said: "I think if we go up now with this team we’re going to have a rush to get a squad together for next season that will challenge.

“I would love us to go up but at the same time if we don’t it will give us the season to get a team together, more money in the club and a real good team and get promoted next season and then you can put a real challenge into Celtic."

The former title winning shot stopper's concerns come off the back of a turbulent season in which they finished more than 20 points behind Scottish First Division winners Hearts.

Hearts will go into the top flight full of confidence, and it is this sort of triumphant campaign Rangers would have wanted to achieve promotion after, rather than scrambling through the back door of the play-offs.

There are question marks over key areas of the squad as Goram hints. In defence new players are needed with Bilel Mohnsi linked with an exit by the BBC and Lee McCulloch potentially retiring, while in attack there is no guarantee star man Haris Vuckic, on loan from Newcastle United, will be allowed to stay.

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