Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes believes that Rangers can offer a more sustained challenge for the title against Celtic this season.

The Dons boss thought Rangers were “very good” against his depleted Aberdeen side but admitted his team let Rangers “enjoy the game too much” for his liking.

But despite that, McInnes was honest about his prediction that Rangers can push Celtic

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Derek McInnes believes Steven Gerrard’s side can push Celtic all the way this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“As I said prior to this game, I do think Rangers will be up there challenging Celtic and maybe for a bit longer this season,” said McInnes [Daily Record].

“I thought Rangers were very good, but they were allowed to be better and enjoy the game too much for my liking.

“From when they got the first goal you saw the gulf in quality at times and the experience in the team.

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“We looked very young at times and lacked that experience and personality that every team needs if you are going to try and get a positive result at Ibrox.”

McInnes, who played for Rangers between 1995 and 2000, has swallowed his pride in the aftermath of the Ibrox humbling and praised the progress being made at Ibrox.

He would even describe Gerrard as a “good manager” and claim that Rangers are in a “good place” after the match.

McInnes’ Aberdeen side have been depleted by player transfers and injuries this season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But the Dons boss himself has come under heavy fire from his own supporters following the Ibrox defeat, some of it admittedly pretty harsh.

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