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Ian Durrant says Rangers need strong start

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

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side kick off their Premiership season by hosting Hamilton at Ibrox on August 6.

Rangers fans

Former Rangers coach Ian Durrant has told STV that it is "imperative" for the Gers to enjoy a strong start to the Scottish Premiership season.

Mark Warburton's side kick off their league campaign at Ibrox on August 6 when Hamilton visit Glasgow. It will be Rangers' first Premiership outing for four years having been exiled to the fourth tier of Scottish football due to financial problems back in 2012.

And if their pre-season business is anything to go by then Rangers will certainly not be returning just to make up the numbers.

Rangers fans display a banner

Warburton has signed no fewer than nine players this summer - including the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar - as a Premiership title assault seems on the agenda.

Rangers fans will be expecting a challenge at the very least, and Durrant, who was sacked by the Ibrox club a few months ago, has told his former side that a strong start to the campaign is of paramount importance for their title aspirations.

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

"They'll want to set down a marker right away," he said to STV. "It's imperative that they start well.

"They've got a good opening tie against Hamilton, it'll be a hard game, but having your first game at home is something to build on and build up to the Old Firm game."

The first Old Firm derby with Celtic comes on September 10 at Parkhead.

Rangers have already enjoyed a very decent start to the 2016-17 campaign, beating Motherwell and Annan Athletic in League Cup duty - both by 2-0 scoreline.

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

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