Scotland boss Alex McLeish thinks it will be a “bit of a disaster” if Rangers don’t finish second in the Scottish Premiership this season – as they prepare to face champions-in-waiting Celtic on Sunday.

The Light Blues are level on points with Aberdeen in second-place and only lead the Dons on goal difference going into the final few weeks of the campaign.

McLeish once led Rangers to third in the Scottish Premiership so knows first-hand what a catastrophe that is for the Ibrox giants – and thinks defeat this weekend to Celtic won’t help their chances whatsoever.

“Well again it’s hard to see Rangers not being in the top two,” McLeish said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“It’s always a bit of a disaster if they don’t get that and as we know in terms of football throughout the world, Rangers and Celtic are amongst an elite group of clubs who have to win every single week.

“A draw’s a disaster, a defeat is even worse.

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“I can imagine the week that Graeme Murty had the week after the Celtic game but he bounced back with a good result [against Hearts at Ibrox].”

Celtic could be crowned champions with a win over the Gers on Sunday to secure their seventh successive Scottish title and take a step closer to historic back-to-back trebles.

With clashes against Aberdeen and Hibs still to come before the end of the campaign, second if far from certain for Graeme Murty’s side.

Football Insider verdict

Finishing third is unthinkable for Rangers and the Light Blues must do absolutely everything in their power to make sure of second. Finishing behind Aberdeen again would be a disaster and could have a knock-on effect to the Gers’ rebuilding plans for the summer. Even from a purely psychological stand-point, the Gers must finish second and get over the hurdle of finishing second and build over the summer. Two consecutive third-place finishes would be a complete and utter disaster for Rangers.

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