By Adefunmiloye Alani

26th Aug, 2021 | 10:33am

Hibernian owner Ron Gordon admits challenging Rangers for title would be difficult

Rangers are looking to defend their Scottish Premiership title this season after last season’s triumph, but Celtic are expected to challenge them.

The Old Firm duo has won the league titles between themselves since 1986, but could that duopoly be broken soon?

Hibernian owner Ron Gordon is not ruling it out, but he believes challenging Rangers this season is not very feasible.

Asked by The Athletic whether his side could mount a title bid, the Hibs chief replied: “Let’s go one step at a time, that might be a bit ambitious but you can’t be involved in sport and have no ambitions.

“We’re improving the team. I came in originally and focused on the business but ultimately the business, the money, shows up on the field. Look at any league, the top clubs are the ones with the most money. There are exceptions but, generally speaking, that’s the way it goes.

“Last year we finished third, I think it was the best result the club had for 17 years, and we made two semi-finals and went to one final. It was disappointing to lose the Scottish Cup final but we were there. We were knocking on the door.”

Not happening soon

Hibs finished third in the Scottish Premiership last term, 39 points behind Rangers, but they currently top the table after two wins and a draw from their opening three games of the new campaign.

With 35 games still to go, the Easter Road outfit have to be on top of their game all season to have a chance of challenging for the top-three again.

The Ibrox outfit remain the team to beat, but Celtic will have something to say about that, and they will fancy their chances of making a statement against a coronavirus-depleted Rangers squad on Sunday.

Having been dumped out of the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup last season, Steven Gerrard’s side cannot lay claim to a complete domestic dominance despite going unbeaten in the league.

The Bears will be aiming for the treble this season, but Celtic and the likes of Hibs and St. Johnstone will be standing in their way.

Successfully defending the title will be seen as a success for Rangers this term, but they could have fierce competitors for it apart from the Hoops in the near future.

In other Rangers news, Sky Sports pundit says Bears ace must exit Ibrox for sake of int’l career.