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Rodgers makes big Rangers claim ahead of clash v Celtic

By James Black

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he expects Rangers to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season after their summer spending spree.

The Gers spent £8million as Pedro Caixinha rebuilt his squad following the Gers third-place finish last season.

Carlos Pena, Bruno Alves, Eduardo Herrera, Alfredo Morelos, Fabio Cardoso, Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans all joined the Ibrox side on permanent deals over the summer as the Gers try and lift their first title since 2011.

Celtic travel to Ibrox next Saturday for the first Old Firm clash of the season and Rodgers believes Rangers will be aiming to push the Hoops all the way this season.

“I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

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“Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play.

“They have clearly spent money in the summer.

“They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club.

“So that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third; not to finish second above Aberdeen; it’s to win the league.

“They have come into the season with that mentality.

“They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box.

“I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started.”

Celtic currently sit five points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after six rounds of games and both sides have midweek League Cup quarter finals to get through first.

A win for the reigning Scottish champions would put a huge dent in Rangers’ title hopes and Rodgers will be hoping his side can take a big step towards a seventh successive title next weekend.

In other Celtic news, this 25-year-old has revealed he has held crunch talks with the club about his future.

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