Celtic legend Murdo McLeod has told The Mail that Rangers will be up there challenging for the Scottish Premiership next season.
Rangers will compete in the top flight for the first time in four years as the Gers, under Mark Warburton, look to make up for lost time.
Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton have already joined Rangers this summer in what seem like two big statements of intent from Warburton, who wrapped up deals for Matt Crooks and Josh Windass earlier in the year.
That being said, Celtic, beaten by Rangers in the Scottish Cup this past season, have also showcased their ambition by naming ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as Ronny Deila's successor at Paradise.
Nevertheless, McLeod still expects his old club to see a fierce challenge mounted by the Ibrox club as they look to mark their first season back by winning the title.
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"Celtic have to look across the city and see they are going to have a challenge," he told The Mail.
"Rangers will be up there - whether they are first, second, third or fourth. Celtic have got to make sure that they are going to win the Old Firm games and be a better team than Rangers."
Celtic are yet to sign anyone by way of playing staff, but Rodgers must have identified his targets already and he will need to move on them shortly.
Rangers boss Warburton has set his stall out early and Celtic supporters will be hoping to see some serious transfer activity from their hierarchy in the coming weeks.