Rangers are not ready to compete with Celtic yet, according to former Light Blues defender John “Bomber” Brown.
The club have began the season impressively, winning all seven games under new boss Mark Warburton.
Brown was at Hampden to see his old side being handed a home tie against St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup third round.
And the former Light Blues defender believes they are capable of competing against most sides in the Premiership – but not the Hoops.
“I think Rangers are capable of competing with the vast majority but it’s maybe a bit early for Celtic,” he told PLZ Soccer.
“If we manage to get through the next couple of rounds into a semi or a final then it gives them a few extra games under their belt, get to know each other and put on a better show against Celtic.
“They are still learning about each other and to play a team that was going for the Champions League and winning the Premiership every year is a big ask. I think another dozen games under their belt they’ll show up well.”
Brown has been impressed by Warburton’s start and says a cup run would be huge for the club.
“All the fans are really warming to him he brought in a level of player that no fan knew of.
“The players he has brought in has got fans on the edge of their seats and they are playing, good attractive football.
On the draw, he said: “I think it’s a great draw to get a home time.
“You knew you were going to get Premiership opposition. Rangers got a favourable result against St Johnstone last season. With the new team that Mark has put together I think they will be relishing the opportunity.
“A cup run is massive for Rangers. The fans have been crying out to get to a cup final and the way the team is playing if they get home ties then they’ve got a great opportunity.”