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Mark Warburton admits Rangers would have difficulty competing with these three teams

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton doesn't feel like his side would have been able to compete with Celtic, Aberdeen or Hearts this season.

Manager Mark Warburton has admitted to the Herald Scotland that it would be naive to think Rangers could compete with Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts this season.

The Light Blues have dominated the Scottish Championship this term, leading to suggestions that Warburton’s side may already be good enough to challenge for the title in Scotland’s top flight.

Warburton agrees that the gap between the Premiership and the Championship in Scotland is not particularly vast, but he doesn’t feel that the Light Blues would have been able to compete with some of the more experienced teams.

“I am not being rude in any way, but I don’t see the gap,” said Warburton. “Alan Stubbs and Peter Houston have said it - the gap between the Championship to Premiership is not big.

“I don’t know where we would be in the Premiership, it’s all supposition. We are a young team and, don’t forget, we brought in 11 players in the summer. We are only seven or so months in to our development. We know our philosophy and what we want, but we are still raw.

“It would naive to think you can go against established teams like Aberdeen, Celtic and Hearts, who have battle-hardened squads in Europe as well as the Premiership.”

Rangers have built up a 14 point advantage over Hibernian in the Scottish Championship, and they look to be certain winners of the second tier.

Warburton’s side have already stated that they are determined to compete in the Scottish Premiership if they are promoted, but wholesale changes may not need to be made.

Celtic currently lead the top flight, but they have not looked infallible this term, and Ronny Deila is under serious pressure.

The Bhoys are only four points clear of Aberdeen, as things stand, and they are by no means guaranteed to be lifting the title in May.

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