John Hartson has predicted in The Scottish Sun that Rangers will not be able to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.
Rangers have won the Scottish Championship this season and will play in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.
Many will expect the Gers to fight for the title in the Scottish top flight next season, but former Celtic striker Hartson does not share that opinion.
“Whatever you think of Rangers, they’ve done brilliantly to clinch the Championship title with so many games to spare,” the former Wales international wrote in The Scottish Sun. “Their fans have every right to enjoy the success, it’s long overdue. But this idea that they’re going to challenge Celtic next season is so far-fetched it’s untrue.”
Hartson believes that for Rangers to be competitive next season, they will have to spend in the region of £20 million in the summer transfer window.
“There’s only one way Rangers could threaten to win the league and that’s if Dave King signs a cheque in the region of £20million,” added the former Arsenal and West Ham United striker. “Otherwise Gers fans can forget it.
“Is that going to happen? There’s probably more chance of the John Hartson Loyal Supporters’ Club opening up and running a bus to Ibrox every week.”
Celtic have the best squad in Scotland, and they will be favourites to win the Scottish Premiership title next season.
Rangers do need to strengthen in the summer transfer window in order to make themselves competitive for the Scottish top flight.
While fans will expect the Gers to compete for the title, perhaps in their first season back in the Scottish top flight, their priority should be to finish second or third.