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17th May, 2017 | 4:52pm

This 'has to be the minimum' - Mark Walters outlines what Rangers must achieve next season

By Matt Bullin

Mark Walters has claimed finishing second in the Scottish Premiership must be the minimum target for Rangers next year.

Pedro Caixinha’s side look set to finish third in their first season in the top flight in four years after winning the Scottish Championship last season.

However they have failed to challenge Celtic, losing five of the six Old Firm derbies this campaign, and currently sit a massive 36 points behind their rivals.

The Hoops recently beat Caixinha’s side in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, giving them the chance to win a historic treble.

Walters, a former Rangers and England star, has stated he believes their third-place finish has been disappointing.

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Speaking to the Scotland Herald, he said: “Next season second has to be the minimum and then progress from there.

“They definitely need a few additions to the squad. Finishing third is disappointing but with a few new faces they should get second easily enough and then they can start challenging for the top spot.”

Rangers beat Hearts 2-1 at Ibrox in their last Premiership match, thanks to goals from Barrie McKay and Joe Garner, while Prince Buaben saw red for the visitors.

Next they face second-placed Aberdeen at Ibrox in their penultimate game of the season.

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