By Harvey Byrne

Celtic could finish up to five places above Rangers next season, according to former Ibrox star Michael Mols.

Rangers supporters will be expecting the newly promoted club to challenge for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

The Ibrox giants knocked their Old Firm rivals out of the Scottish Cup when they defeated Celtic at the semi-final stage this season, prompting hope they can bridge the gap that has existed in their four-year spell away from the top flight.

However, Rangers icon Michael Mols believes that there is still a considerable gulf between the two sides.

“I think there is still a big gap between Rangers and Celtic,” Mols said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “Of course the Old Firm win was good against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, but it was a difficult game.

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“I think they need to step up a little bit more to compete with Celtic again. I think there is still a big difference.

“Maybe Celtic didn’t play really good at the semi-final. But we shouldn’t get over-excited by that result, there is still a long way to go.”

Rangers have already been busy in the summer transfer market, signing midfield duo Joey Barton from Burnley and Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool.

They have also been in talks this week with experienced centre-back Steven Taylor, who was released by Newcastle at the end of last week.

Celtic will be aiming for their sixth consecutive title next season, while Rangers will also face stiff competition from both Aberdeen and Hearts, who will be looking to secure another season of European football.

 In other Rangers news, they have targeted a goalkeeper from Turkey.