Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar has told the club’s official website that the upcoming clash with Celtic is a great test of how far they have come as a team.
The two sides meet at Celtic Park this weekend for the first time since the Gers were demoted down the divisions four years ago.
Both are keen to secure victory, with many expecting them to compete for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
It is fair to say that Celtic, who have won the trophy for the last five years in a row, are ahead of their rivals in their development at this moment in time, and Kranjcar says this game will be a great test of how far his team has come.
“As players and the way we are going to go about it in playing terms, it shouldn’t change a lot,” he told the club’s official website.
“We need to be better than them and this is a great test for us as a team to see how far we have come.”
The outcome of this game is certainly likely to play a big part in Rangers’ expectations this season.
A victory over the champions, who are by far the best team in the division right now, will make Rangers feel that they are capable of challenging for the title.
A defeat, however, could lead to them readjusting their aims somewhat and instead looking to just establish themselves in the top flight in their first year back.