Current Hearts youth team coach Jon Daly says that having Rangers back in the Scottish Premiership is great, although he feels that their presence will make it tougher for everybody else, the Evening Times reports.
The Gers will return to the top flight for the first time in four years after they followed in the footsteps of Hearts by winning the Scottish Championship this past season, thus earning promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Mark Warburton’s men still have work to do before challenging Celtic for the title, but Daly suggests that his former side’s return will make it tougher for the likes of Hearts and the Hoops to come out on top.
“Having a good club like Rangers coming back is great. It’s going to be that everyone at Hearts has to maintain the levels that they have done but I am sure Robbie Nielson will be confident of doing that,” Daly told the Evening Times. "It’s going to be difficult because Rangers will make the league that bit tougher for everyone else.”
Rangers have already started to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, with midfielder Joey Barton's arrival on a free transfer being the standout transfer piece in Scotland thus far.
The Glasgow club will set their sights on challenging for the title, but both Hearts and Aberdeen will no doubt feel that they still have the upper hand on Rangers and that will only enhance the rivalries.
Scottish football is gradually coming back in terms of excitement and glamour, and this coming season could be the most exciting in years as Rangers look to make a big impact on their return.