Neil McCann assesses Rangers’ chances of competing with Celtic next season

Rangers and Celtic will renew their Old Firm rivalry in the Scottish Premiership next season.

Former player Neil McCann believes that Celtic are still quite a bit ahead of Rangers at the moment and suggests that Mark Warburton’s side need to enter next season with a sense of realism, Sky Sports report.

Rangers secured promotion back to the Scottish top top flight last Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton.

After taking the Scottish Championship by storm, the Rangers supporters could be forgiven for immediately targeting a highly-anticipated Scottish Premiership title race with Old Firm rivals Celtic next season.

McCann, however, urges a more realistic approach from his former side, and insists it’s important the Glasgow club don’t throw everything at chasing Celtic and later causing another mess.

“I think it’s possible [winning the title], but I think you have to be realistic and think that Celtic are quite a bit ahead of Rangers at the moment," McCann told Sky Sports.

"You'll be looking at Hearts to go stronger next season, and Aberdeen. But if you're a Rangers fan, the expectation is going to be high and I think the players are fully aware of that.

"Andy Halliday suggested it'd be ridiculous not to try and put in a title challenge for the fans. Rangers are starting to build things again, and it's important they don't throw everything at it again.”

Rangers won the Scottish Championship totle with four games spare, and boss Warburton’s target of 91 points is exactly the tally Hearts achieved last term - a sense of perspective ahead of next season.

The upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final encounter with Celtic could give Rangers an idea of the gap between the two Old Firm rivals at present, and where Gers ultimately need to improve.

The Hoops and Scottish football in general will undoubtedly benefit from Rangers’ return to the top-flight.

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