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6th Aug, 2017 | 4:02pm

Stubbs: This is how long it will take for Rangers to catch Celtic

By Abigail Withey 

Former Hibs manager Alan Stubbs has said it will take four to five years for Rangers to reach the level of Celtic’s recent success.

The former Hoops centre-back turned manager led his former Hibs side to a historic win over Rangers to win the Scottish Cup back in 2016, and believes that it will take at least half a decade to return to their former greatness.

Stubbs said: “They have to realise it is going to take a number of years for Rangers to get anywhere even close to the levels of what Celtic are at right now.”

“At a minimium, it will take four to five years,” he told the Daily Record.

Rangers finished in third place in the Scottish Premiership last season which saw Caixinha’s side sit 39 points below Brendan Rodgers’ Invicibles squad.

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However, Stubbs doesn’t think that the Parkhead side will be able to replicate their stunning performance from last season.

He said: “It will be very difficult.”

“What they did last year was quite remarkable but in terms of going the whole of this season unbeaten,” he told the Daily Record, “I’d have to say no.”

Caixinha has put his stamp well and truly on the Ibrox club since being appointed manager back in March.

The Portuguese boss confidently entered his first transfer window at the helm of the club and came away with ten new recruits which has proven successful for the 46-year-old.

One of Caixinha’s newest signings Graham Dorrans provided a stunning performance in Ranger’s opening game of the Premiership against Motherwell on Sunday when he managed to find the net twice to secure three points for the club.

Rangers now look on to their midweek clash against Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup.

In other Rangers news, Wes Foderingham has issued his thoughts on the Light Blues’ new centre-backs.

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