Mark Wilson believes the competition for places and the overall quality of the squad are one of the key reasons behind the optimism around Rangers at this stage of the season.


Rangers are sitting just three points behind Celtic in the league table having played a game fewer than their Old Firm rivals.


Philippe Clement has revived the fortunes of Rangers since taking charge of the club in October and the team are on an upward trajectory.




Former Scotland defender Wilson stressed that the optimism around Rangers is because even the squad players and the new signings are making an impact.


He insisted that Clement is getting to rotate his players without compromising on the quality of the team’s performance, which is not the case for Celtic at this stage of the season.



The former defender said on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard: “I think with Rangers just now, why there is so much optimism since the return from the break.


“You look at the games they have played, you look at the team selection from Philippe Clement, there is competition for places and rotation within there.



“When Clement rotates from last week at St. Mirren to today’s team, you get a similar outcome.


“That can’t be said about Celtic just now.


“There are people coming in filling in for injuries or brought on from the bench but they are not making an impact.


“But the squad at Rangers are and even the new signings are getting in the act.”


A win over Aberdeen on Tuesday night could take Rangers to the summit of the Scottish Premiership standings.