By Amir Mir

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo has backed his former club to make a winning return to the top-flight by winning the Scottish Premiership title.

Novo, who plied his trade in Scotland for nine years, lifted the SPL trophy on three occasions with Rangers.

The Spaniard made 97 appearances for the Glasgow club, scoring on 47 occasions, including 25 in his first season with the club.

But, despite the club’s difficulties, Novo has backed Mark Warburton’s side to clinch the title ahead of rivals Celtic who have won the crown on the last five occasions.

“Rangers have had difficult years but they are in the top league again and I believe they have a good chance to win the title,”  Novo told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Obviously it is going to be difficult and people will talk only about Rangers and Celtic but Aberdeen are getting better all the time and could have a say too.

“It will be a new challenge for Rangers but I believe they can win the league.”

Rangers entered liquidation in 2012 which saw them plummet into the bottom of Scottish football, they gained promotion last season and will now be looing to add to their 54 League title haul, seven more than Celtic’s.

Warburton who played a part in the club’s rise back to the top will face competition from former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in lifting the crown for his club.

The two rivals will first meet at Celtic Park on September 10 in what is expected to be a fiercely contested match-up between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Novo is currently playing in the Northern Ireland leagues for Glentoran having previously been in America playing for the Carolina RailHawks.

In other Rangers team news, Scottish journalists give their verdict on this seasons SPL title race.