Ferguson said: “Rangers need rebuilding and that can’t be done in a day. If that means it will take two or three seasons of bringing in better players over a period of transfer windows before they are really ready to hit Celtic, most fans will accept it.”
Rangers are currently sitting atop the Scottish Championship table, with goal difference holding them above Hibs, and they are still favourites to win promotion despite some recent struggles.
However, getting back into the Premiership is not the be all and end all of Mark Warburton’s task at Ibrox, and he has to make them a competitive top flight team again.
Considering Celtic’s dominance in the top flight since Rangers were liquidated, it will be a task for Warburton to build a competitive team, and Ferguson believes it will be at least two or three seasons, and wise use of the transfer window, before the Gers can get to a level to hit Celtic hard.
Even this seems optimistic, but Rangers do retain the name and reputation that could see them sign some truly great players when they get back to the top flight.
It is clear there is a big divide between Rangers and Celtic still, but if they can use the next few seasons to build up perfectly, it will not be too long before the Gers are ready to fight with the Bhoys again.