Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates scoring the equaliser on Saturday in their draw against Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership. Lynne Cameron / Getty Images / August 6, 2016
Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates scoring the equaliser on Saturday in their draw against Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership. Lynne Cameron / Getty Images / August 6, 2016

Glasgow Rangers ‘can challenge Celtic’ says King after draw in Premiership return



Dave King is confident Rangers can mount a credible title challenge to Celtic after watching the Ibrox side make their top-flight return.

The club chairman was back in Glasgow for Saturday’s clash with Hamilton and received a huge roar as he unfurled the Championship flag following last term’s promotion triumph.

The South Africa-based businessman was left in no doubt Rangers will find it tougher this time after a determined Hamilton side earned themselves a 1-1 draw in the Scottish Premiership curtain-raiser.

However, King was clear when he outlined his belief that manager Mark Warburton has a squad capable of taking on Brendan Rodgers’ Parkhead outfit for the main prize this season.

He told RangersTV: “Today felt like the club was back, I thought the occasion was fantastic, the energy, the support, the crowd and the buzz.

“Even outside the stadium when I came in about an hour and a quarter before it was absolutely buzzing.

“You could see everybody was just happy to be back in the Premiership and in terms of the result it was a bit disappointing and it took away a little bit from the occasion, but the most important thing is we’re back and competing where we belong.

“This year is about being back in the Premiership and making an increased investment in the squad, which we have done very substantially to make sure we competed this year.

“The objective is to compete for the title this year and then next year to hopefully be back in Europe.

“We will then scale up the investment again so that we are also competitive at the European level.

“I think this team is capable of winning the league. Obviously the resources Celtic have got in their squad are far greater than Rangers but they have resources intended to compete in Europe.

“We are not at that level yet but having said that I do think we can challenge Celtic this season.”

Warburton has signed nine new players this summer but still wants another defender and striker – and King is happy to oblige his manager.

He added: “I have been happy with the business we’ve done over the summer and today was the first chance I had to see some of the new players.

“We obviously have a high level of competence and trust in Mark and (head of recruitment) Frank McParland from last year when they brought in a lot of players and they played well.

“They have been optimistic in the level of business they have been able to do and they have brought in players they think will compete at the level they will have to over the course of the season.

“I would be surprised if we didn’t have someone coming in between now and the end of the transfer window.

“There are a couple we are working on and I think we should have some come in before the end of the window.

“We are also keeping our options open for the January transfer window so that we can reassess the position in December, see where we are and if necessary we might also do some business then.”

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It’ll be summer in the city as car show tries to move with the times

If 2008 was the year that rocked Detroit, 2019 will be when Motor City gives its annual car extravaganza a revamp that aims to move with the times.

A major change is that this week's North American International Auto Show will be the last to be held in January, after which the event will switch to June.

The new date, organisers said, will allow exhibitors to move vehicles and activities outside the Cobo Center's halls and into other city venues, unencumbered by cold January weather, exemplified this week by snow and ice.

In a market in which trends can easily be outpaced beyond one event, the need to do so was probably exacerbated by the decision of Germany's big three carmakers – BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi – to skip the auto show this year.

The show has long allowed car enthusiasts to sit behind the wheel of the latest models at the start of the calendar year but a more fluid car market in an online world has made sales less seasonal.

Similarly, everyday technology seems to be catching up on those whose job it is to get behind microphones and try and tempt the visiting public into making a purchase.

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