Nevin: Aberdeen more threat to Celtic than Rangers

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Ibrox side Rangers won't challenge Celtic as much as Aberdeen, says the former Scotland international.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

Speaking to The Evening Express, former Scotland international Pat Nevin has suggested that Aberdeen pose more threat to Celtic than Rangers will in the Scottish Premiership next season.

With Rangers signing the likes of Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton already, and Celtic recruiting former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, it is shaping up to be a memorable 2016-17 campaign in Scotland's top flight next term.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

But the Dons, under Derek McInnes, have made tremendous strides in recent years, and looked genuine challengers to Celtic for much of the title race this past season.

Rangers showed how minimal the gap is between themselves and the Hoops as the Gers - then in the Scottish Championship - beat Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final on penalties, after the match finished 2-2 following two hours of football.

But Nevin says that Aberdeen's top-flight experiences can not and should not be discounted, suggesting that it means they're more likely to challenge the Bhoys than Rangers are.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates at full time

“Financially the two Glasgow clubs, Celtic and Rangers, have a big advantage," he said to The Evening Express.

“However, if I had to bet I would put my money on Aberdeen being the main challengers to Celtic again next season.

“Aberdeen have a good head start on Rangers as they have a strong team that has been building in the Premiership for a while."

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