Neil Warnock is someone who has all the experience in the world when it comes to management. Even at 75 years of age, he is going strong and finds himself in a high-profile job like Aberdeen. This is his first taste of the Scottish game and the Englishman appears to believe that it is possible to challenge Celtic and the Rangers, if the other clubs do things right, but it would take time.
It goes without saying that it is the two Glasgow giants who inevitably end up competing for the league title every year. Celtic have won eleven of the last twelve, with the Rangers picking up the remaining one.
Other teams in Scotland have had to do with competing for the cup competitions and even that has been rare. St Johnstone did do an unexpected Scottish Cup and League Cup double in the 2020/21 campaign though, so it is not impossible.
"I think it is possible to break into the big-timers, but I think it would take anybody time to do that.
"Having been here for two or three games now, I can see that some of the players under me are relishing the challenge up here. I think that's the big thing for clubs like Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs who are challenging the top two.
"I have got enough to do in looking at my players and trying to get the best out of the group and deciding on who will play and who won't play."
Warnock makes bold Celtic and Rangers claim
To be very honest, it is hard to see how any Scottish club would be able to challenge Celtic and the Rangers on a consistent basis. Of course, there can be exceptional seasons. We did see Leicester City win the Premier League against all odds and expectations some years back, so nothing is impossible.
For any club to challenge Celtic and the Rangers consistently, they will need significant financial backing. And it goes without saying that that is hard to come around in Scottish football, even for the Glasgow giants.
On top of that, they would need to get almost everything right when it comes to recruitment. So, all things considered, do not expect to see it happen anytime soon.