Ronny Deila comments on Rangers' promotion

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The Celtic manager gives an honest assessment of Rangers' hopes of challenging for the Scottish Premiership crown next season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scotsman that it is far too early to tout Rangers for a Scottish Premiership title challenge next term, having just won promotion.

The Glasgow giants sealed their return to the big time following a four-year absence by beating Dumbarton 1-0 at Ibrox on Tuesday, clinching the Scottish Championship title in the process.

By virtue of the fact that Mark Warburton's side are 17 points clear at the summit, they are clearly a level above every other team in Scotland's second tier but, since promotion, there have been suggestions that Warburton has a squad capable of challenging the Hoops.

They demolished top-flight outfit Dundee FC 4-0 in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup to book a date with Deila and co in the semi-finals on April 17, but the Bhoys boss believes that it is premature to tip them for a Premiership challenge upon returning to the big time.

“It doesn’t affect us so much,” he told The Scotsman. “They have shown they are good enough to be in the top division and if it’s Hibs, Falkirk or Rangers we’ll be ready for it, that’s how it is.”

Asked if Rangers could challenge, the Norwegian added: “We’ll see, it is too early to say something about other teams. I’ve got a lot of other things to think about. This is something you can keep on thinking about in the media and I will answer next season.”


Deila's boys, five points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, look on course to wrap up a fifth successive Premiership crown in the coming weeks, though they have made hard work of it so far.

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