Barry Ferguson still backs Rangers to challenge Celtic for Scottish Premiership title even after Moussa Dembele's arrival

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Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side are preparing for their first season back in the top flight for several years.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

Barry Ferguson has insisted that Rangers are still in an excellent position to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title, despite the Hoops' acquisition of Moussa Dembele, the Daily Record reports.

The exciting striker became Brendan Rodgers' first signing as Hoops boss and will be hoping to continue the form that he showed last season in the Championship where he scored 15 goals in 43 games for Fulham.

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele

But while some will suggest that with the 19-year-old in their ranks, the Bhoys should have no problem winning their sixth league crown in a row, Ferguson has suggested that the business that Mark Warburton has done means that the Gers will take little time to re-establish themselves at the highest level.

"I know a lot has been made of the Dembele signing – and the calibre of Celtic's reported targets – but I'm not too concerned," he told the Record.

"Let's be honest, what some people are doing is looking at the age of some of the Rangers recruits and questioning them.

"But Warburton has got a good mixture and I'm convinced Rangers can be serious challengers for the Scottish Premiership title."

Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout

With the Light Blues winning a handful of games against top flight opposition during their Scottish Cup run of last year, they proved that they have the capability to beat anyone in the domestic leagues on their day.

However, the main question mark surrounding Warburton's men would have been whether they had the kind of depth at their disposal to handle the demands of coming up against better teams every single week. Unlike last season, when they come up against a team from the highest level this time around, they will not have had a game the previous week that would have allowed them to take their foot off the pedal in preparation. 

But the Gers' business in the transfer market should arguably alleviate any doubts over depth. And if the new players are able to gel with the existing squad, then Ferguson's prediction that Rangers will be challenging may not be too far off the mark. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership

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