Former Celtic striker John Hartson has predicted in The Scottish Sun that Rangers will finish fourth in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Rangers won the Scottish Championship title with ease last season and gained automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Gers will be expected by many to compete with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title during the 2016-17 campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic will be favourites to win the league title this season, but Rangers will be expected by many to give the Bhoys a run for their money.
Former Celtic striker Hartson has predicted the Gers to finish as low as fourth in the Scottish Premiership this season.
The former Wales international has backed Celtic to clinch the title, and Aberdeen and Heart of Midlothian to end up second and third respectively.
“Rangers won’t come anywhere near winning the league this season,” Hartson wrote in The Scottish Sun. “They are not even good enough to finish second or even third in my book. I’ve stuck them down for fourth place.
“Celtic will win the title, Aberdeen will be second, with Hearts not far behind them in third spot.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Rangers did well in one of the cup competitions, where anything can happen on any given day.
“But over the course of a season I can’t see them mounting anything resembling a challenge.”
Aberdeen and Hearts have strong squads, and both the clubs will have ambitions of competing for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
Rangers also have a strong squad, with the Gers having signed the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar in the summer transfer window so far.