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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Rangers' four-year journey back to the Scottish Premier Division is complete

The Old Firm derby is back.

Rangers players celebrate at full-time.
Rangers players celebrate at full-time.

RANGERS WILL BE playing Scottish Premiership football again next season after clinching the Championship title with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton tonight.

James Tavernier’s second-half goal was enough for the hosts to secure victory as they moved an unassailable 17 points clear at the top of the table.

Four years after entering administration and then liquidation, the Gers have completed their journey back up the Scottish football ladder to regain their place at the top table.

Rangers were forced to re-enter the league in the Scottish third division in 2012 and have gradually worked their way back up to the top flight.

Under the tutelage of Ally McCoist, Rangers clinched the third division title at the first attempt and secured promotion from the second division in far more emphatic fashion the following year.

Rangers v Dumbarton - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium Manager Mark Warburton. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

McCoist departed the club last season as Stuart McCall came in to guide Rangers to a third-place finish in the Championship, with Hearts surging to the title.

Their route back to the Premiership saw them enter the play-offs but defeat in the final to Motherwell threatened to derail their comeback.

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However, after being consigned to another 12 months outside the Premiership, Rangers made no mistake this time around following the arrival of former Brentford boss Mark Warburton.

They’ve suffered just one defeat all campaign and sealed the title with four games remaining.

Meanwhile, Celtic increased their lead at the top of the Premiership to five points despite being held to a goalless draw by Dundee at Dens Park.

The Hoops, who were looking to open up a seven-point gap over Aberdeen with six games remaining, saw a shot from Stefan Johansen hit the post on the brink of half-time before the woodwork denied Dundee’s Rory Loy in the second half.

Mikel Lustig and Charlie Mulgrew both had headers cleared off the line as the Glasgow giants couldn’t find a winner against a Dundee side that remain in the top six on goal difference ahead of Partick Thistle, who claimed a 1-0 win over bottom club Dundee United at Firhill.

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