Mark Warburton identifies five clubs Rangers will face competition from next season

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says that Celtic, Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell and St. Johnstone will pose the Ibrox side tough challenges.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has suggested to The Scottish Sun that there are five teams his side are going to face competition from next season.

The Gers have won the Scottish Championship title this season and have gained automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership for the 2016-17 campaign.

Many will expect the Glasgow giants to compete for the league title next season.

It will be far from easy, and Warburton has identified five clubs in the Scottish Premiership who will pose the Gers stiff competition - Celtic, Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell and St. Johnstone.

“We look to be the best we can be next season,” the Englishman told The Scottish Sun while discussing Celtic’s chances of winning league titles in a row.. “If we do that and do it well that other thing won’t happen.

“That is a fact. If we get it wrong and we aren’t good enough then that thing, I say very respectfully, can happen.

“I am not ignoring that fact because we know we have to be the best we can be, as there will be some tough challenges from Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts, Motherwell and St Johnstone.”

While many Rangers fans will want the team to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season, they may have to settle for the second or the third spot.

Despite making signings in the summer transfer window, the Gers will not have as strong a squad as Old Firm rivals Celtic will.

Of course, anything is possible in football, but it would be best for Rangers if they set themselves realistic aims for the 2016-17 campaign.

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