Andy Halliday says Rangers will challenge Celtic

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Andy Halliday has a warning for the Bhoys after Rangers won promotion from the Scottish Championship into the Scottish Premiership.

Andy Halliday has told Celtic, via the Glasgow Evening Times, to expect a Scottish Premiership title challenge from recently-promoted Rangers next season.

James Tavernier's strike was enough on Tuesday night as Mark Warburton's side beat Dumbarton 1-0 at Ibrox to confirm their return to the big time next term.

With it, Tavernier's goal also ensured a return of the famous Old Firm derby between both Glasgow giants - a glaring absence in the Scottish football calendar since Gers dropped down the divisions in 2012.

The Hoops have won every single top-flight league title since Rangers disappeared, and look on course for a fifth straight Premiership crown this term, but Halliday warns that nobody on the blue half of Glasgow will settle for second place next season.

“We have got to be challenging for the title, it is as simple as that,” he said to the Glasgow Evening Times. “That is not me being arrogant or disrespectful to Celtic at all, they are four in a row and going for another title, but you can't be at a club like this and be happy for second.

“Even if you asked the English boys now they’d tell you it took them two days to work out what this club was all about. When you play for Rangers it’s a 24/7 lifestyle. You are going to be stopped in the street and sometimes it’s not nice things you hear but that goes with the territory.

“You have got to deal with that in the right manner. You’ve got to deal with it in the right way. That’s the expectation and I think we’ve managed to do that really well."

 

April 17 will prove something of an acid test for manager Mark Warburton to gauge how good his side are as they prepare to face the Hoops in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

 

Worryingly for Celtic, Rangers dismantled Dundee 4-0 in the previous round - and the Dees drew 0-0 with Ronny Deila's side at Dens Park last night.

 

Of course, that isn't quite how football works, but it will give Warburton and co a confidence boost, surely.

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