Bobby Russell expects Rangers to challenge

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

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers will aim to win the Scottish Premiership next season, says Gers legend Bobby Russell.

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

Speaking to The Glasgow Evening Times, Rangers legend Bobby Russell has backed Mark Warburton's side to mount a Scottish Premiership title challenge next season.

Rangers won promotion back to the big time after dominating the Scottish Championship en route to the title, finshing top of the pile by 11 points in the end.

The Gers then went and beat Celtic - who have won five successive Premiership crowns - in the Scottish Cup semi-final to reach the showpiece at Hampden Park.

Rangers' Barrie McKay is fouled by Alloa's Kyle McAusland in the area resulting in a penalty to Rangers

But expectation has risen further in recent weeks as Rangers successfully recruited former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton to Ibrox on free transfers.

They join Matt Crooks and Josh Windass as Warburton's four summer signings thus far - the other two also being Bosman arrivals - and the Glasgow giants certainly seem like they mean business.

Russell, who spent 10 years at Ibrox, expects a few more signings, and the 59-year-old expects his former club to challenge the Hoops, claiming the club is "too big" not to try and win the title in their first season back in the top flight.

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“Rangers are too big a club to not look to win the league. They have made a few signings, there will be a couple more," he told The Glasgow Evening Times.

“They will be going up there with the intention of winning the league. You can’t think that second or third will do, not at Rangers."

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

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