Rangers are the strongest side in the Scottish Championship, Falkirk boss Peter Houston admits

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Mark Warburton's side enjoyed an excellent weekend to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Falkirk boss Peter Houston has admitted that Rangers are the strongest side in the Scottish Championship and has backed them to return to the Premiership, after the weekend's results allowed Mark Warburton's men to extend their lead at the top of the table, the Daily Record reports.

The Gers went into the weekend three points clear of both Falkirk and Hibernian, who were set to play each other the day after the Light Blues thumped Livingston 4-1 at Ibrox. However, the 1-1 draw between the two sides meant that the gap at the top now stands at five points.

And Houston hinted that it is Rangers that have the strength to book their place in the Premiership by winning the title, while also suggesting that his side are already preparing for the play-offs. 

"The biggest winners today were Rangers," Houston told the Record when asked about the impact of his side's draw.

"They'll be happy with the result. Rangers look just that wee bit ahead of the rest and that's no disrespect to Hibs.

"We set out to be in the play-offs. It would be very difficult for us to be the champions of this league but we're still second."

While the two clubs chasing Warburton's side managed to close the gap previously, Rangers' recent results - and the performances that have gone with them - have hinted that they are starting to find the form that saw them begin the season with 11 consecutive victories in all competitions. 

Despite their current run however, the Rangers boss will be keen to ensure that no complacency creeps into their game in the coming months, especially given that the side fell at the play-off stage last season. 

After their next game against Morton, they host Falkirk, which will provide a further indication as to whether Houston is correct, that Rangers are destined to return to the top flight as champions. 

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