02 Mar Mols dismisses Rangers chances of competing with Celtic
Rangers fans’ favourite Michael Mols believes the club won’t be suitably equipped to challenge Celtic next season for the Scottish Premiership title.
The club are on course to secure promotion back to the top flight after a 2-0 win over Raith Rovers stretched their lead at the top of the Championship over Hibernian to 14 points.
Thoughts are already turning towards next season and how much of a challenge Mark Warburton’s men will be able to put up against fierce rivals Celtic.
However, Mols, who was in the last Rangers side to win a treble in 2003, says fans’ expectations need to be tempered.
Asked if they could have a realistic chance of winning the title next season, he said: “No, the most important thing is to compete next year, hopefully in the Premier League of course.
“It takes time everybody knows that. Mark is building a new team after that he maybe wants five or six new players so that takes time to settle.
“I don’t think it’s only important for Rangers but also Scottish football that they are coming back to the Premier League.
“It’s in Rangers DNA to win trophies, the expectation is always there but now they are in a good way and hopefully they can do it this year with the Scottish Cup and with the Championship.”
Rangers face Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and, Mols who played in the Scottish Cup winning-side who beat the Dark Blues in the final in 2003, says there’s no reason why this Rangers side can’t emulate their success in the tournament.
“It’s 50:50 against Dundee. Dundee are still the Premier League side but Rangers are playing at home and with the support that will give them a good chance.
“Are they capable of winning the Scottish Cup? Why not? Everybody has a chance. It’s football. Sometimes you have surprises in Cup ties. Why not Rangers this year.”
Mols enjoyed playing in Europe on Champions League nights with Rangers although he suffered a horrific knee injury against Bayern Munich when he collided with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn which almost ruined his career.
And he’s concerned at proposals of breakaway European league ruining Scottish and Dutch clubs chances of competing at the highest level in Europe.
“It’s very difficult for the likes of Rangers, Celtic, Ajax or PSV,” he said.
“Iit’s the only way to get some big money to get into the Champions League because the TV rights in Scotland and Holland compare with the Premier League is like a dime.
“I see it as a big problem. If it is more difficult for the Dutch and Scottish clubs to get into the Champions League then the gap between the top of Europe and the rest will only get bigger especially with the Premier League getting so much money.”