Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has risked the wrath of the Ibrox side’s supporters after he claimed that his former side would not win the Scottish Premiership for ‘two to three years’.
Rangers were promoted to the Scottish top flight this season four years after they entered the then-Third Division after Sevco Scotland chief executive Charles Green bought the assets of ‘traditional Rangers’ – after a CVA was rejected by their creditors and the club was liquidated.
With two wins out of four games Rangers have struggled to adapt to the higher class of opposition in the top flight and sit a point behind rivals Celtic – who also have a game in hand – ahead of this weekend’s derby.
Despite the build up to the first league meeting between the two sides, former manager Ally McCoist thinks that Rangers fans are getting ahead of themselves and expects that it will take a few seasons before the Ibrox side are competing for the Premiership title.
Speaking to the BBC, McCoist said: “The building process is still quietly in operation. I think it is still going to be two or three years. I was never of the opinion that Rangers were going to come in and set the place on fire and win the league by some considerable distance.
“What we are seeing from Rangers at this moment is what I expected it to be. There will be games where things don’t go their way. Obviously the standard of opposition is better than it has been in the last few years, so they are finding their feet.”
Meanwhile, Rangers legend Ian Durrant fears that the Scottish champions could go on to win eight or nine titles in a row.
Durrant said: “If you get a taste for it, as Celtic have now, in terms of going for six and then seven, you start looking at it. At three and four you are cagey, you’re in a comfort zone, but once you get to five and six you do start looking at the record.
“Celtic had that for years and, if you’re a Rangers fan, you want to go on and break that record. Nobody gave us a mention until we got nine in a row. Unfortunately, we ran out of steam before we could make it ten. There were a few games during our run when your heart was pumping out your chest at time with the pressure. The biggest game was the nine-in-a-row game itself.
“If we had been stopped before we won nine then we wouldn’t have been mentioned because we hadn’t equalled Celtic’s record. Now, I think Celtic are smelling the blood. They are looking at six; could it be seven, could it be eight?”
Durrant added: “Of course they can do it. Obviously, I hope they don’t and Rangers will want to make sure they don’t. But Celtic will fancy their chances of doing it. They’re in a winning mentality, a winning roll, and it’s very hard to de-rail that.”
A victory for Celtic on Saturday would leave Brendan Rodgers’ side four points clear of Rangers with a game in hand and a defeat would pile futher pressure on Mark Warburton’s men after draws against relegation tipped Hamilton Accies and Kilmarnock earlier in the season.