Alan Shearer discusses Rangers' chances next season, praises Warburton's work at Ibrox

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been praised by Alan Shearer.

Pundit Alan Shearer has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Mark Warburton is doing a 'great job' at Rangers this season, but isn't sure that they can immediately challenge Celtic next season.

The Gers beat Raith Rovers 2-0 at Ibrox on Tuesday evening, and with Hibernian losing 1-0 at Queen of the South, Warburton's men now lie 14 points clear of Hibs at the top of the table.

Promotion to the Scottish Premiership appears to be a formality at this stage, as five more victories from the final nine league games would seal the title for Rangers.

Moving up to the top flight would give Rangers the chance to challenge their famous Old Firm rivals Celtic, having faced each other just once in the last four years.

Now, pundit Alan Shearer has had his say on the situation, suggesting to The Scottish Sun that Celtic - the dominant force in Scotland - need rivals Rangers to back in the top flight in order to breathe life back into Scottish football once again.

The former Newcastle hero isn't sure that Rangers can immediate challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title when they win promotion though, and hopes Hibernian follow them in gaining promotion.

Shearer also looked at the job done by Rangers boss Warburton, suggesting that he has been 'great' this season, after the 'bizarre' circumstances surrounding his departure from Brentford last summer.

"Mark, I don’t know, but he did a fantastic job at Brentford and it was bizarre how that ended," said Shearer. "He is doing a great job at Rangers, and I hope both [Hibs and Rangers] get up because the Premiership is where they belong. Whether Rangers can go and challenge for the title within a season? That remains to be seen."

"Celtic have been the dominant team, but having Rangers back in the league will actually help them. Every league needs rivalry and that’s what Rangers would bring. It can only help Scottish football. Rangers are doing well, leading their league, and I do hope they can get up. Scotland needs the Old Firm," he added.

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