By Aramide Oladipo

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd believes that the club will finish in second in the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership campaign.

The men from Ibrox endured a tough return back to the top flight of Scottish football last season and they finished in third place, nine points behind Aberdeen and a staggering 39 points behind Old Firm rivals and league champions Celtic.

The Gers have not finished in the top two in the Premier League since the 2011-12 season before they were punished by the Scottish FA for off-field issues and relegated to the third-tier of Scottish football.

Writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, Boyd believes that Rangers can only realistically finish second in the league and he also questions the number of leaders in the current squad.

“For me Rangers can only really hope to be second and that’s where I think they’ll finish,” he said.

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“The one thing that team needs is leaders.

“It was missing last season, and I include the captain Lee Wallace in that by the way. It’s not his natural instinct to bawl at people to get a reaction but the team needs that.

“I fully expect my old club to finish best of the rest, just above Aberdeen.”

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will be hopeful that his summer signings can make a significant impact on the team’s performances for the upcoming season.

The SPL side have introduced nine new players to the squad and the likes of Portugal international Bruno Alves and the vastly experienced Graham Dorrans will be expected to add the necessary leadership skills.

Rangers get their league campaign underway on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Motherwell.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has given his prediction for the Gers clash against Motherwell.

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