Peter McCloy predicts where Rangers will finish next season

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Peter McCloy says Scottish Championship leaders Rangers could finish in the top three of the Scottish Premiership next season.

Legendary Rangers goalkeeper Peter McCloy has told The Scotsman that his former club will secure a top-three Scottish Premiership finish next season - providing manager Mark Warburton strengthens in the summer.

After four years out of the big time, the Glasgow giants can seal their return to Scotland's top flight today if the runaway Scottish Championship leaders win away to Raith Rovers and Hibernian fail to win at St Mirren.

Gers, who sit 14 points clear of second-placed Falkirk at the summit, have been effectively in a league of their own for much of the 2015-16 campaign, though it remains to be seen how they will cope with the increased quality in the Premiership.

The early signs are good, with Warburton masterminding a 4-0 demolition of Dundee - who sit seventh in the top tier - in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup last month, and McCloy is confident that a fruitful return to the big time awaits his former club - but only if they spend money.

“I like that Mark Warburton’s trying to get Rangers playing a brand of total football," McCloy, who played with the Gers for 16 years, told The Scotsman.

"They’ll need to strengthen for the Premiership but I can see them being top three."


Rangers will be given a bigger test of their real quality on April 17 when Warburton and co clash with Premiership leaders Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

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