Pedro Mendes pinpoints Rangers 'matter of concern' as Celtic go for 55

Former Rangers favourite Pedro Mendes
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Pedro Mendes admits the prospect of Celtic equalling Rangers' title record is unthinkable.

The Hoops went level on 118 trophies with their bitter rivals after storming to Premiership and Scottish Cup glory last season. Now, they can become the most decorated club in Scotland if they win more silverware than the Ibrox club in 2024/25. Brendan Rodgers' side are also going for 55 as they chase a fourth successive league crown and a record-equalling top-flight title.

It's a monumental year for Philippe Clement, who has wasted no time revamping the squad he inherited from Michael Beale this summer. The no-nonsense Belgian has already offloaded the five players and could dismantle the long-serving leadership group, with skipper James Tavernier and vice-captain Connor Goldson both attracting interest.

Six new faces have arrived in Govan and Mendes admits they'll have to hit the ground running in what could prove to be one of the most important seasons in the club's history.

The former Portuguese midfielder told BoyleSports: "There are a lot of things going on at Rangers at the moment with important players like Borna Barisic and John Lundstram both leaving. One thing that Rangers fans are really proud of is their history and how many titles they have won so Celtic being one away from 55 is a matter of concern. Rangers need to open up that gap again.

"Last year they did the most difficult thing in catching up to Celtic but then they just threw everything away in two or three games. It's their mentality that’s important. To play for a team like Rangers is not enough to just be a good player. You need to have a very, very strong mentality because every game has to be a win.

"You can't afford to draw. No matter the pitch, no matter the opponent, you can't afford even a draw. Every game has to be a win. They can't afford to throw another title away. Philippe Clement has been talking about their signings and keeping key players so hopefully they settle down quickly and can win the Premiership again, it would be a massive, massive win for Rangers this season."