Five years into the journey Barry Ferguson believes that Sevco are two or three years away from challenging Celtic for the title.
Even a bankrupt would be able to work out that that arithmetic takes you fairly close to a two digit number that spreads dread through the people. Ten.
Ferguson has watched in pain as Celtic racked up six titles with Pedro Caixinha picking up the baton that was too heavy for Ally McCoist and Mark Warburton.
The former Clyde boss was snubbed by the fifth best coach in Qatar for the prestigious job of being his number three and fears over a green and white future.
Comparing Caixinha to Brendan Rodgers is a painful exercise with Ferguson reluctantly admitting that for now one side has the upper hand in Glasgow.
â€œCeltic for me are the team to beat,â€� he told betsafe. â€œWhat theyâ€™ve done last season, was for me, Iâ€™ve not seen it in my time.
â€œPlaying up here and keeping a close eye on the League, what they did last season was phenomenal.
â€œCeltic have set the benchmark that clubs like Rangers need to try and get close to.
â€œI think at this moment in time, Rangers are still two or three years away from really challenging Celtic but again, it does come down to finances.
â€œCeltic are in the Champions League, and that brings a lot of money in. So if the right player does become available, they can go and splash Â£5-6million whereas Rangers canâ€™t really do that.â€�
After returning to Rangers (IL) from Blackburn Rovers in 2006 Ferguson was given a Â£2.5m side contract which is now liable to income tax and national insurance insurance.