Mark Warburton is of the opinion that Rangers are steadily becoming a title-challenging outfit, ahead of his side’s Scottish Premiership meeting with Kilmarnock on Friday night.

Rangers are currently top of the league table with seven points from three games, one ahead of Celtic, who have a game in hand.

The Hoops, who are eyeing winning the Scottish Premiership for the sixth consecutive season, also managed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League by edging out Hapoel Be’er Sheva 5-4 on aggregate.

And Warburton, who is aware that Rangers need to win the league title to be in Champions League contention, feels the Gers are slowly warming up to mount a title charge.

“We have to win the league, that’s what we have to do”, he was quoted as saying by the Herald Scotland.


“To get into the Champions League you need to win the Premiership title, it’s that simple. Do that and you’re in the qualifying rounds. ‘Are we ready to win the title?’ is the obvious question.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re more than highly competitive. I’m very comfortable with what we’ve got in terms of the squad. We just haven’t found our best team yet in terms of combinations.

“We know how good the players can be, but we are still gelling in players, we are gelling in formations. We are not there yet.

“We are starting to get there, things are starting to fall into place. We have got some good options now.”

Rangers, who started their league campaign with a 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical in early August, have since beaten Dundee and Motherwell by 2-1 margins.

After Friday's meeting with Kilmarnock, Rangers will face Celtic after the international break on 10th September.