Rangers would challenge for Europe if they were in the top flight, says Ian McCall

The Ayr United boss has spoken highly of Mark Warburton's team ahead of tonight's encounter.

Ayr United boss Ian McCall has heaped praise on the job being done by Mark Warburton and claimed that the current Rangers side would be challenging for a top-three spot if they were in the top flight.

Speaking to the Herald ahead of the visit of Rangers to Somerset Park tonight, McCall said:

"On the park they look so much stronger and very well organised. I would say the team they’ve got right now would be up there competing in the top three or four in the Scottish Premiership.

"I think Celtic are a bit ahead but it would be a good game against Aberdeen. They look to be a wee bit ahead. I haven’t seen Hearts but undoubtedly Rangers would be challenging for Europe which makes it pretty hard for us at Somerset Park."

His comments are sure to be met with scepticism, especially from fans of the mentioned top-flight clubs, but there’s no doubting that the Gers are on an upward curve.

While it is too early to suggest that they are already at the level of the top three or four clubs in Scotland, their transfer business this summer has been shrewd and the squad has the makings of an exciting unit.

Couple their summer deals with the influence of new boss Warburton and the feelings of optimism around Ibrox are easy to understand.

The former Brentford boss has already shown signs of bringing the entertaining brand of football he was famous for at Griffin Park to Rangers.

And McCall also went on to laud Warburton's contribution as being important for the health of Scottish football, adding:

"I think it’s great there is a freshness about it and the people in charge seem decent and they want to do the right thing because we need a strong Rangers."

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