Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday believes his side have the quality to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this coming season, Herald Scotland reports.
The Gers make their long.awaited return to the top-flight this coming season after four years in the lower leagues following their controversial demotion to the fourth tier for financial irregularities.
The Hoops have profited from their rival’s absence, winning five straight league titles and building up a squad they feel is capable of now going on to break the record for consecutive title wins.
Halliday, however, feels his Rangers team have the quality to dethrone Celtic as Scotland’s number one club and admits the Ibrox club in general will not settle for second place.
“Rangers are back where we belong and it's time to be judged on that. Rangers fans will never settle for second place,” Halliday told the Herald Scotland.
“That's taking nothing away from the fact that Celtic are the favourites for the title. But that's just the expectations at this club. We are going to be judged on whether we can win the league. It will be hard.”
“Celtic are a strong squad and they are going to strengthen under a very good manager. But we are confident in our ability that we can challenge for the title.”
“The fans won't accept us just competing next season - but we won't settle for that either. Our main aim is competing for the title. It will be difficult and Celtic are favourites but we have got enough quality to do it."
Rangers eased their way to the Scottish Championship title last season in Mark Warburton’s debut campaign in charge, and now they have the confidence to build on that this coming term.
A number of new players have arrived at the club, with former Newcastle United man Joey Barton the pick of the bunch as the English midfielder vows to be the best player in Scotland.
The Gers and Celtic will also be joined by Abderdeen and Hearts in the race for the title, yet many observers feel the Old Firm duo have the added quality and experience to make it a two-horse race.