Burchill, who started his career at Celtic, said: “Rangers don’t have that kind of strength yet. I’ve been impressed with the likes of Andy Halliday so far as well as Gedion Zelalem. But they will be up against big, strong midfielders and I am not sure if they are physically ready for teams in the Premiership.”
“There’s no doubt Rangers are playing well. But teams like St Johnstone and Inverness have got a lot of experience at that level. Rangers have a good young side but they don’t have many players who’ve been at Premiership level for any length of time.”
A mixture of strength and experience is currently what Burchill believes is lacking in the Rangers squad, and is the thing that is stopping them already being good enough to take on Premiership opponents.
Despite starting the season with 11 wins from 11 games, Mark Warburton’s side collapsed in their first game against a top flight opponent, losing 3-1 at home to St Johnstone in the League Cup.
They struggled to match St Johnstone physically, and the young, talented side that Warburton has built came undone against a team with a gameplan to prevent Rangers from playing.
The defeat proved that Rangers are still far from the finished article, and although they are too good for the Championship, Warburton’s team are still not ready to mix it with the big boys of the top flight.
Hopefully Rangers are promoted this season, and with another years worth of experience to their name, and a year of working under Mark Warburton, the Gers will be ready to once again take on Celtic for the Premiership title.