Rangers defender Rob Kiernan believes his team are now involved in a race for the Scottish Championship title, dismissing thoughts they have no competition in the division.

The Gers currently sit at the top of the Championship table, level on points with Hibernian, albeit with a game in hand.

Mark Warburton’s side have only dropped points twice this season, winning 12 of their 14 fixtures, while losing just one.

The Gers produced a dominant display in the 4-0 rout of St. Mirren in the semi-final of the Scottish Challenge Cup on Saturday and will play Peterhead in the final, which is scheduled to be held in April next year.

The Ibrox outfit play their game in hand against Dumbarton tonight and Kiernan is hoping they can open a three-point gap at the top.


Speaking in an interview with the club’s official website, Kiernan said: “Of course we are in a title race, there are a lot of good teams in this league so it’s going to be a race but we can only concentrate on what we do.

“Our objective is to go three points clear and hopefully we can do that.

“I thrive on the type of pressure this title race brings; it ups your game maybe three percent every day in training and in games.”

The 24-year-old defender has hailed Rangers fans as being on a par with those of England’s Premier League giants.

“The size of this club is bigger than anything I have ever been involved in and you can compare the fan base to the top Premier League teams in England.”

Warburton’s men are looking to secure promotion to the top tier of Scottish football, following their liquidation in 2012, which saw them start again in Scotland’s third tier.