By Harvey Byrne

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has tipped one of his old playing club’s Aberdeen to finish in second place and above the Ibrox giants this season.

The Ibrox giants have struggled in their opening games of the 2017-18 campaign, suffering a humiliating knockout in the Europa League alongside a draw and a defeat with a single win in their opening three Premiership games.

The league results have left them in a lowly sixth place and five points below top of the league Celtic, while Aberdeen have won each of their first three league games, leaving them in third place.

Now, McLeish has told that he expects last season’s runners-up to finish above Rangers once more this season, stating that Dons boss Derek McInnes has added well this summer.

“I see the Dons being second,” told McLeish, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.

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“Derek McInnes has made good acquisitions and it is there for Rangers to try to usurp him.

“I still think Aberdeen are the favourites. They still have a really good chance of finishing second.

“Derek McInnes has bought wisely again. If you look at the guys he’s recruited, there is good experience there. Stevie May – what a buy that is.

“Being first, that’s the only thing that Rangers fans crave but common sense would tell you that they should be accepting second.

“People talk about ‘let’s stop 10 in a row’. They’ve got to stop seven in a row. That is their mission this season.

“I’ve said Aberdeen could finish above them but Rangers have still got to pull out all the stops to try to beat Celtic this season.”

Aberdeen finished an entire nine points above Rangers in the last campaign as the Gers took up third place in their first season back in the Premiership.

Pedro Caixinha will be keen to ensure the same doesn’t happen again and he has been allowed to add a massive nine players to his squad in his first summer in charge.

However, right now the campaign looks to be heading in the same direction as the last for both Aberdeen and Rangers with fierce rivals Celtic also continuing their fantastic winning run.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has revealed he has told 22-year-old to fight for Gers stay.

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