Rangers still have the advantage over Hibs, says Craig Paterson

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Rangers are still on course to achieve promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday, losing to Hibs, but Craig Paterson has told the Evening Times that the Gers are still in pole position to win the league, even if the competition has now become more interesting.

Paterson, who played 83 times for Rangers in the 1980s, said: “In terms of the race for the Championship, it certainly makes it a lot more interesting. A lot of people were saying it was a game Hibs couldn’t afford to lose. If it had gone to 11 points, it would have been very hard for Hibs. Rangers are in a great position with the points on the board and a good lead so Hibs still have to play catch up.”

His defeated Rangers by a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday, falling down to goals from Jason Cummings and Paul Hanlon, to suffer their first defeat of the season.

The loss prevented the Gers moving into an almost unassailable lead at the top of the table, and brought Hibs to back with five points of Mark Warburton’s men.

Admittedly, Rangers are still far better than any side in the Scottish Championship, but the defeat was proof that Warburton’s side were not as infallible as many believed.

Despite the loss, Paterson - who played for both sides - still believes that the Gers are in a great position to win the league and get back into the top flight, allowing them to renew their rivalry with Celtic.

Everyone wants to see Rangers back in the top flight to take on Celtic, as the derby between the Gers and the Bhoys is only a good thing for Scottish football.

It will bring competition back to the top flight, meaning that both teams will have to keep improving to stay ahead of their rivals, rather than seeing Celtic moving backwards as they have done in recent years - as proven by their poor European performances.

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