Former SPL goalkeeper sends Rangers a warning about top-flight return

St. Mirren stopper Jamie Langfield believes the Scottish Championship leaders have a lot of work to do to be competitive in the top flight.

St. Mirren goalkeeper Jamie Langfield has told the Scottish Sun that Rangers have a lot of work to do over the summer if they are to compete rather than struggle in the SPL next season.

The 36-year made a string of fine saves but could not prevent the Gers seeing off the Saints 1-0 at Ibrox to move 11 points clear of Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Championship table.

However, Langfield, who spent a decade in the top flight with Aberdeen, insists that the division is a different proposition entirely to the second tier.

The veteran stopper warned Mark Warburton that he will need to do good work in the summer transfer window to ensure the club have make the step back up to SPL level after a four-year absence.

Langfield told the Scottish Sun: "Rangers are a great team to watch, but they might need a couple more players in the summer. I'm sure Mark Warburton and his staff will be looking to do that.

"I don't think there is much difference between the Championship and the Premiership. Maybe the top of the league is a bit different, but I think the bottom six and the Championship are on a par. We'd fancy our chances against the bottom sides in the Premiership.

"It's different if you are facing Aberdeen, Hearts, Celtic — they're going to be a tough games."

Rangers look certain to win the Scottish Championship and finally put their off-field troubles behind them by returning to the big time.

The 54-time SPL champions face Raith Rovers on Tuesday night with the chance to move one step closer to securing promotion.

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