Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told Rangers that his side are ready to take them on after the Gers secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership last night.

Rangers edged out Dumbarton 1-0 at Ibrox to book their spot in the top flight as Scottish Championship winners and already thoughts are turning to the Gers meeting their eternal rivals next season.

Deila, speaking to Sky Sports News HQ following his side's 0-0 draw away at Dundee last night, acknowledged that Rangers were worthy winners of the second tier.

But the Norwegian says his side are ready to battle Rangers on their return to the top flight, when it is likely the Bhoys will be looking for their sixth consecutive league title.

Deila said: "They have shown that they are the best team in the Championship and of course we are ready to take them on next year."


The Celtic manager also feels that having Rangers in the top flight will be good for the Scottish game.

"They are a big club and when they are good enough that's a positive thing."

Celtic will meet Rangers on 17th April in a Scottish Cup semi-final tie which will whet the appetite for next term's Old Firm matches.