Ronald de Boer has told The Scottish Sun that Rangers should not expect themselves to be challenging Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.
Rangers have won the Scottish Championship title this season and will play in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.
This is the first time that the Gers will feature in the Scottish top flight since 2012, and many fans will expect Mark Warburton’s side to compete for the title.
Former Rangers star De Boer, who won the Champions League with Dutch giants Ajax back in 1995, believes that Rangers should have realistic target next season, and has suggested that the Glasgow giants should be aiming to compete with Celtic for the league title.
“They mustn’t think things like, ‘oh we now have to be champions’,” De Boer told The Scottish Sun. “Of course they want to be champions, but you have to have a philosophy — they must have a good structure.
“They have to look to their squad and think about what they need to challenge Celtic. They need cool minds and not to be too emotional. They have to be realistic — it’s not the same as years ago.”
Rangers and Celtic are the two biggest clubs of England, and everyone will be expecting the duo to fight for the title.
Celtic will start the season as favourites, as they have the best squad in Scotland at the moment and are likely to make signings in the summer transfer window.
For Rangers, next season is all about making themselves competitive, and their priority should be to finish second or third in the Scottish Premiership.