Brendan Rodgers reacts to Rangers' summer spending, stirs the pot ahead of Ibrox meeting

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

Rangers invested heavily in new signings to boost Pedro Caixinha's Ibrox squad this summer.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told The Telegraph that he thinks Rangers' spending means they must challenge for the Scottish Premiership title.

The Bhoys beat Ross County 4-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon, bouncing back from their 5-0 hammering at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

Rodgers' men sit two points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table after Saturday's result, and will be looking to build on that advantage when they take on Rangers next weekend.

Pedro Caixinha poses with a team shirt after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The first Old Firm derby of the season arrives next Saturday, when Celtic make the short trip across Glasgow to Ibrox, in search of another huge win over the Gers.

Celtic beat Rangers 5-1 twice last season, including their most recent meeting at Ibrox back in April, which prompted something of a summer spending spree for Rangers and manager Pedro Caixinha.

The Portuguese boss, appointed as Mark Warburton's replacement back in March, was allowed to bring in 11 new signings over the summer, including the likes of Bruno Alves, Graham Dorrans and Alfredo Morelos, with Transfermarkt totalling their summer spending at almost £9million.

Transfermarkt also believe that Celtic spent just half of that on their summer signings despite winning the title and qualifying for the Champions League – something manager Rodgers has now drawn attention to ahead of their meeting next weekend.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox...

Rodgers has told The Telegraph that Rangers' spending means they should be looking to win the title this season, not just finish above Aberdeen in second, somewhat stirring the pot before the trip to Ibrox – and he believes Rangers' current tactics are 'nothing complicated' under Caixinha.

"I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said. “Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play. They have clearly spent money in the summer. They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club - so that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third. Not to finish second above Aberdeen. It’s to win the league.”

“They have come into the season with that mentality. They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box. I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started,” he added.

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