Former Rangers striker and TV pundit Andy Gray revealed that Steven Gerrard is confident Rangers will beat Celtic to the Premiership title this season.
Rangers have been far more successful in the summer window, making eight signings to date, and both men claims Rangers had all the quality to knock off the treble-treble winners last season despite finishing nine points behind.
“No, it’s not too early to judge. Rangers are 100 per cent ready to make a proper title challenge this season,” Gray told Record Sport.
“Steven knows it too having talked to him about it after the game. He’s absolutely convinced there’s a title in them and that it can be this year.
“He also said there are a couple of really young kids he’s going to blood over the next few weeks. He says he likes them a lot and wants them involved with the first team which is great news. But there is definitely a title push to come.
“When you think, had Rangers beaten the teams they should have beaten last season – and didn’t drop so many stupid points – then they probably would have won the title this year.
“That’s the thing that will annoy him. It was games we should have won. We drew a couple at home when we should have been taking three points. We lost a couple of away games and had a terrible record against Kilmarnock all season.
“Alfredo Morelos getting sent off so often cost us seven or eight points. All these things could have turned the title our way.
“So there was a title bid this year that just kind of fell away. But this season? I think it will definitely happen as does Steven, Gary Mac, and all the backroom staff.
“Moreover if it doesn’t happen – if Steven doesn’t win it or go extremely close a la Liverpool-Man City – he’d be really disappointed.”
Rangers will look to close out St. Joseph’s of Gibraltar on Thursday, having beaten them 4-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying tie last week.