Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine has a warning for Rangers ahead of their Scottish Premiership return

The Dons have established themselves as title contenders in the Gers' absence.

Andrew Considine has warned that Aberdeen will put Rangers in their place when they return to the Scottish Premiership next season, The Scottish Sun reports.

Mark Warburton's men will be playing in the top flight after securing the Scottish Championship title. And while some may have assumed that the Gers would be title contenders following their victory over Celtic in the Scottish Cup, the Dons defender has vowed that Derek McInnes' side will bring them back down to earth if they think it is simply going to be an Old Firm title race.

"With Rangers coming back it is going to be a very hard league next year. We are looking forward to it," he told The Scottish Sun.

"I think we will certainly put them in their place when they come back up."

Though the 29-year-old is confident that they will have enough quality to ensure that Rangers' return is not as plain sailing as some may expect, recent performances may suggest that Aberdeen may have reason to be concerned about their position in the table.

While the side have established themselves as the Hoops' nearest challengers over the past few seasons, and have had several opportunities to take control of the division this term, they have gone through bad patches of form at crucial stages which has allowed an often lacklustre Celtic side to stroll towards their fifth league crown in a row.

And while Considine is confident that Rangers will soon learn that it will not be an easy return to the top table, with Hearts proving that promoted sides can go straight into the top three the following season, it may well be that the Dons also find things much more challenging next year.

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