Ally McCoist: Rangers are four top players away from matching Celtic

Kent celebrates scoring away at Hamilton back in October

Kent celebrates scoring away at Hamilton back in October

Rangers chairman Dave King says his club is to once again close to being regarded as the "dominant force in Scottish football".

Ally McCoist believes Rangers are four "top, top" players away from challenging Celtic.

The club are now second in the Scottish Premiership, 11 points behind Celtic with five games remaining.

However, amid a lengthy letter published on Rangers' official website, King said: "It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the previous year".

King released an ill-advised statement to supporters yesterday, claiming that his side 'are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again'.

Neil Lennon's side are now 11 points clear of the Ibrox side in the Scottish Premiership table, having won the Scottish League Cup and booked our place in the Scottish Cup final next month.

But Celtic look to me as if they've still got better players so how do you compensate for that?

I sincerely hope that you will renew your season ticket for 2019/20 and thank you in advance for your continued support.

The winger has several years left on his Anfield contract
The winger has several years left on his Anfield contract

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson is sure that the Gers will know Celtic will spend money to strengthen in the summer and feels that the Ibrox outfit will need to bring in three to four top quality players to make sure they compete.

"I know they won the Old Firm game at Ibrox and probably should have taken something out of the recent one at Parkhead".

"Okay, you've got Jordan Jones coming and I watched him for Northern Ireland recently and he did well".

The Rangers Charity Foundation's work goes mostly unheralded but through its various education, health and well-being, employability, diversity and inclusion programmes (as well as many others) it continues to be a force for good and has eased the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who need help in so many ways.

"I don't think Gerrard will be upset at all at the statement". But he needs backing and I genuinely think he will be backed.

"But I still think there's a good bit to go before Rangers can be anywhere near considered the dominant force in Scottish football".

The team was heroic at times in battling through four very tough qualifiers and went on to narrowly miss making the knock-out stages.

"Ryan Kent, for me, Rangers have got to try and pull out all stops, whether Steven Gerrard can get a favour of Liverpool, he has got to be a major signing [in the summer]", he added.

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