Rangers should aim to win Scottish Premiership, says Murdo MacLeod

A PORTRAIT PICTURE OF MURDO MACLEOD OF PARTICK THISTLE FOOTBALL CLUB DURING THE PHOTOCALL FOR THE 1995 - 1996 SEASON. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

Pedro Caixinha’s Glasgow Rangers finished third in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod has told The Sunday Post that Rangers should aim to win the Scottish Premiership title this season.

Rangers finished third in the league table during the 2016-17 campaign, as Old Firm rivals Celtic won the title without losing a single game.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will head into the 2017-18 campaign as favourites, and it should not come as a surprise to anyone if they win the title and go the entire season unbeaten once again.

Given Rangers’ performances and results last season, many would suggest that they should be aiming to finish second in the league this campaign and try to close the gap on Celtic.

Former Celtic midfielder MacLeod, though, believes that Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers should be determined to win the Scottish Premiership title in 2017-18.

A PORTRAIT PICTURE OF MURDO MACLEOD OF PARTICK THISTLE FOOTBALL CLUB DURING THE PHOTOCALL FOR THE 1995 - 1996 SEASON. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

“As I know from season 1997-98, things can change very quickly in football,” MacLeod told The Sunday Post. “That’s why Rangers will know not to give up, and have to believe that they will be able to be successful this season.

“Pedro Caixinha has added eight or nine players this summer and wants another two in. Any neutral would say that Rangers are a distance behind Celtic as things stand at this minute.

“However, they must go into this campaign with a determination to win the league. Yes, the odds are stacked against them but they have brought in Graham Dorrans and Bruno Alves.

“They are not making that kind of investment just to be happy at finishing 10 or 15 points behind Celtic and to see them cruising to another title to make it seven-in-a-row.”

Rangers Manager Pedro Caixinha during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is hard to see Celtic not win the Scottish Premiership title this season, but Rangers should do their best to close the gap and give the Hoops a run for their money.

Caixinha is a good manager, and with no European football this season, the Portuguese coach should make his players focus only on the league.

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