Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar explains why he'd like Celtic to reach Champions League group-stages

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side are preparing for their first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the benchNiko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he would like to see Celtic reach the group-stages of the Champions League as it should enhance Rangers' chances of lifting the Scottish Premiership title.

The Gers are preparing for their first year back in the top flight since their demotion. But despite going into the campaign as a newly-promoted side, their stature and the signings they have made this summer - as well as the fact that Hearts finished third in the table following their Scottish Championship title win - has left many wondering whether Mark Warburton's men can seriously challenge the Hoops at the summit.

Rangers' manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

And ahead of the second-leg of the Bhoys' Champions League third qualifying round tie with Astana, Kranjcar has suggested that Brendan Rodgers' men enjoying some success in the competition will be beneficial to the Light Blues' chances of domestic glory, though he did stress that they would still have plenty of work to do to capitalise on the situation.

"Yes, it probably would," he told The Scottish Sun when asked whether Celtic reaching the group-stages would help Rangers' title chances.

"But it's up to us to determine how we go about our business and not think about Celtic."

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Kranjcar is right to suggest that Warburton's men need to focus on doing their own jobs to put themselves in a position from which they can pounce if Celtic slip.  

But it would not be a surprise if they are given some opportunities to take advantage along the way. With most of the sides competing in Europe representing a tougher test on paper than what the Hoops can expect to face in the league, Rodgers may be more tempted to rest players for the domestic games to keep them fresh for midweek.

And that could potentially prove costly as there are surely still some concerns about the amount of depth within Celtic's squad. 

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Rangers' Niko KranjcarRangers' Niko Kranjcar

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