By Aramide Oladipo

Former Rangers man Alex Rae believes that the club must stop focusing on Old Firm rivals Celtic and come to a “realisation” of their current situation.

The Ibrox club decided to sack Pedro Caixinha last week after just eight months in charge in Scotland following a shock League Cup defeat against Motherwell and home league draw against Kilmarnock.

Rangers managed to bounced back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon under caretaker boss Graeme Murty with a 3-1 victory away at Hearts.

Striker Kenny Miller returned to the side and bagged himself a brace with Josh Windass also getting himself amongst the goals.

Despite bouncing back after Caixinha’s sacking, Rae urges the Rangers hierarchy to take a step back and prepare a realistic future for the club.

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“There has to be a realisation of where Rangers are right now,” he told the Daily Record.

“There’s so much emotion involved with the Old Firm as you always look at the other side as the yardstick.

“But it’s only five years ago the club lost all its quality. If Celtic lost all their inter-national players and had to rebuild it would take them years as well.

“Whether it has happened quickly enough at Rangers is up for debate. But it will take time to get to where they want to be.”

The result means that Rangers climb up to third place in the league table and they currently trail champions Celtic by six points.

The Gers finished last season in third position behind the Hoops and Aberdeen and it is more than likely that the league title will elude Rangers once more this time around.

Rangers will look to build momentum when they face Partick Thistle in the league at Ibrox next weekend.

In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.

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