Rangers would probably survive in the Premiership this season, claims Pat Nevin

Rangers could stay in the top flight this season, according to former Chelsea and Everton man Nevin.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Pat Nevin has suggested that Rangers have enough quality to survive in the top flight if they were there this season, even if Mark Warburton’s side would not be near the top of the table.

The former Chelsea and Everton winger said: “I don’t think they would say they would be third or fourth in the Premiership. Would they survive? Probably. I definitely wouldn’t use the world gulf [between Rangers and the Premiership] but there is no doubt Tuesday night showed there is a bit of a gap.”

The Tuesday night Nevin is referring to was earlier this week, when Rangers took on Premiership opposition for the first time this season.

A League Cup game against St Johnstone had Rangers fans eager to see their exceptional side take on a top flight team, having started the season with a 100% record after 11 wins in 11 games.

However, this run was ended, as St Johnstone secured a 3-1 victory at Ibrox, proving to Warburton that his team is not as good as many believed.

Sweeping away all Championship opposition with ease is one thing, but coming up against a proven Premiership side is another, and Nevin has admitted that he could now see a gap between the Gers and the top tier.

It is hard to imagine Rangers being relegated, as they are likely to get back to the top flight this season, but right now, they are certainly not good enough to challenge Celtic for the monopoly of Scottish football.

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