By Abigail Withey 

Former Rangers centre-back Philippe Senderos believes that his old club are now on the “right path” this season after a disappointing return to the Scottish Premiership last time out.

The 32-year-old joined the Light Blues last summer and spent a single campaign at the club before jetting off to America to join Houston Dynamo on a free transfer during the recent window.

Last season, Pedro Caixinha’s side finished in third place and a staggering 39 points behind title winners Celtic and now the Swiss defender has boldly claimed that, while it was a disappointment last term, the Light Blues should be challenging for the title even though the odds are stacked firmly against them.

“It was difficult and last year was a transition from the Championship to the Premiership,” Senderos told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“For sure, it was going to be a difficult year and this year is the time to push. I am a Rangers fan and I hope for the best for the team.

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“They have to close the gap. Last year, the important thing was for Rangers to be back in the Premiership and to fight at the top.

“We finished third and of course that was disappointing for the size of club that Rangers is. Anything less than first is bad.

“But they are on the right path this year and are trying to close the gap as much as possible.”

Senderos featured in just four Rangers fixtures throughout his time at the club and had a devastating debut against Celtic during the previous campaign.

The Light Blues suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to the domestic treble champions and the former Arsenal centre-back was dismissed after receiving two yellow cards during the game.

Rangers will host Brendan Rodgers’ side on Saturday afternoon in the first Old Firm derby of the season and will be hoping to end Celtic’s unbeaten run in the competition so far.

Caixinha’s squad may have a new found confidence against the Hoops this weekend after sailing into the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday after beating Partick Thistle 3-1.

In other Rangers news, the BBC has reported that this senior duo is in line to return against the Hoops.

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