The Gers dominated the Scottish Championship this season en route to a shockingly easy promotion, winning the division by 11 points in the end, despite taking their foot off the gas considerably in the final few weeks.
Furthermore, Rangers actually beat Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final, edging them out on penalties following a 2-2 draw in regulation which prompted the belief that there is not such a big gap between the Premiership champoins.
For the last four years, the Hoops have not had regular Old Firm derbies to look forward to, but that looks set to change now and Van Dijk, who faced Rangers in a League Cup win for the Bhoys last season, believes that their return restores something of a buzz within the national game once again.
”Of course, with Rangers being back next season, it raises the stakes and it should make everything even more exciting and add extra interest," he told The Sunday Post.
“The battle between both clubs will have everyone talking, and taking a closer look at the game in Scotland."
Rangers will certainly have an excellent manager in Mark Warburton and, with Ronny Deila set to leave Celtic this summer, is there a debate over which club is the more stable at the minute?