Rival player: Rangers are no better than an English League One club
By Tom Blackburn
Motherwell striker Jacob Blyth has compared Rangers to League One champions Wigan following the Fir Park side’s 2-0 League Cup defeat on Saturday.
The new signing was introduced as a late substitute in the defeat, and the 23-year-old says the level wasn’t a higher standard than England’s third tier.
While at former club Leicester, Blyth had various loan spells at the likes of Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Notts County and Blackpool.
In an interview with the Scottish Daily Record, Blyth said the standard may not have even been as high as when he played for Blackpool against Wigan last season.
“How did I find it? It was good. It was nothing I haven’t been used to in the past,” Blyth said.
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“I didn’t think it was overly difficult but it was a good test. I’d have to say League One is the highest level I’ve played against the likes of Wigan.
“There were good, fit and athletic teams there and obviously Rangers are there or thereabouts. It was about that level, if not higher.
“That is the closest I have been to Rangers’ level. You’re always going to expect Rangers to be fit and ready for the occasion. We expected nothing less.”
Blyth arrived at Fir Park at the start of the month, following his release from Premier League champions Leicester, having spent the final two months of the season at Blackpool.
It was at Blackpool that he faced a promotion bound Wigan side, and the north-west side were suitably hammered 4-0 with Blyth playing the final 37 minutes.
Rangers have a big season ahead of them after they clinched the Scottish Championship title last season and sealed a return to the Premiership after a four year absence.
Preparations have already begun and manager Mark Warburton has been quick to bolster his squad for the upcoming season, with the likes of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter signing.
With these additions Warburton will be hoping they can challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the title next season.
In other Rangers news, the agent of a two-time Ballon d’Or winner claims he was almost signed by the club.