Ray Wilkins believes Rangers are a little bit behind Celtic, slams Brentford for Mark Warburton treatment

Mark Warburton

Rangers defeated Celtic on penalties at the weekend.

Rangers proved at the weekend that they are not far off the bar being set currently by Celtic in the Scottish Premiership with a penalty shoot-out win against their local rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

They won the game in the shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regular time when Tom Rogic missed his sudden death penalty.

Next season the Old Firm derby will be a regular occurrence once again as Rangers have earned promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season after a fine campaign in the Championship.

The Old Firm tie took a lot of attention this weekend, including from a former Rangers player in Ray Wilkins.

The former England international was speaking on Soccer AM (16/04/2016) about the fixture and Rangers hopes for next season.

He feels his former club are still some way short of Celtic’s standard but also believes they have a fantastic manager in the form of Mark Warburton:

“When you have got 79 points, 56 goal difference they’ve got and won 25 games they deserve to be there.

“I think Mark Warburton has done an unbelievable job and how Brentford treated him as they did I am baffled by that because I thought Mark had done a wonderful job there.”

“I think it’ll take a little bit longer than that because a lot of the players have come through. I think once again and I think this is very important for teams that get relegated in this country Rangers are basically British. They know what the hustle and bustle is about.

“I think Rangers will do well but they are a little bit behind.”

That was before the Old Firm derby which Rangers dominated for large periods and Wilkins is probably much more of a believer in his former team now then he was before the game.

If Rangers can continue to perform like they did at the weekend in the years to come, then the Scottish Premiership will hopefully be competitive once again.

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