By Will Butcher

Former Rangers star Willie Henderson believes his old side have a mammoth task ahead of them if they want to compete against Celtic again.

Old Firm rivals Celtic have already gone nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with the Gers’ title challenge vanishing into thin air before it had even started.

Henderson, 72, believes that Rangers have a task similar to that of climbing Mount Everest if they want to challenge Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“I think we’ve a long way to go,” Henderson told the Scotland Herald. “How tough will it be for Rangers to get back to the top? How high is Mount Everest? Very hard.

“I think what people tend to forget is that the doors were nearly shut at the club. Probably a lot closer to being shut forever than people realise.”

Gers icon Henderson believes Mark Warburton’s side are unable to compete financially with their Old Firm rivals, who have already secured two wins against them this season in both league and cup.

Rangers currently lie in second place in the Scottish Premiership, after a 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

However, the win failed to claw back the gap between them and their rivals after Celtic beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Pittodrie.

Henderson played for the Gers for 12 years between 1960 and 1972, making 438 league and cup appearances for the blue half of Glasgow.

In other Rangers news, Wes Foderingham has posted this message on Instagram after reaching a career landmark on Saturday.