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Ex Rangers star Nacho Novo gives Gers vote of confidence ahead of new season

Rangers Nacho Novo in action

The Spaniard believes Rangers can beat Celtic to the title this year.

Rangers Nacho Novo in actionRangers Nacho Novo in action

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo has given his old club a title endorsement as they prepare to return to the Scottish top flight, in comments appearing in the Belfast Telegraph.

The Spaniard feels the Gers are in with a solid shot of claiming the title this season, after being absent from the Premiership since 2012, suggesting they can beat rivals Celtic, as well as Aberdeen to the top of the table.

"Rangers have had difficult years but they are in the top league again and I believe they have a good chance to win the title," he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.

Former Rangers player Nacho Novo with fansFormer Rangers player Nacho Novo with fans

"Obviously it is going to be difficult and people will talk only about Rangers and Celtic but Aberdeen are getting better all the time and could have a say too.

"It will be a new challenge for Rangers but I believe they can win the league."

The 37-year-old returned to Britain this summer to sign for Northern Ireland outfit Glentoran, having been playing in the US with the Carolina Railhawks.

Novo had already taken in spells in the UK after leaving the Gers, with Greenock Morton and then Carlisle United, but he is most famous for his six year period in Glasgow, scoring 73 goals in 255 matches and winning three Premier League titles.

Nacho NovoNacho Novo with Walter Smith

His old side will have to end a period of Celtic domination in the Scottish Premiership in the Gers' absence, with the Bhoys winning five straight championships.

Mark Waburton has put together a side of real quality at Ibrox, and host Hamilton on Saturday, while Celtic will play their first league game under former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers when they travel to Edinburgh to take on Hearts on Sunday.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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