Alan Brazil delivers verdict on Rangers after January signing blitz
By Richard Parks
Alan Brazil has claimed in an interview with the Scottish Sun that Rangers are still “toiling” despite their January signing blitz and is unsure if they can ever narrow the gap on Celtic.
The Glasgow giants recruited six new players in the winter window, with Declan John and Greg Docherty arriving on permanent deals and Russell Martin, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss and Jason Cummings joining on loan for the rest of the season.
Rangers have won four of their five matches since the Scottish campaign re-commenced after the winter break but Brazil believes they are still lagging a long way behind Celtic.
“Rangers have been second best, it’s as simple as that,” London-based broadcaster Brazil told the Scottish Sun. “Will they come back? We don’t know, so it could get tougher for him.
“The SPFL is tagged down here as a bit of a joke. It’s not even a two-horse race — it’s a one-horse race.
“Celtic are running away with it. People are still interested but, for now, even the Old Firm games are not as big as they used to be. Rangers have been toiling but, if they were to get stronger, I think the interest down south would get stronger again.”
Rangers secured a 2-0 triumph at Partick Thistle on Tuesday night after a demoralising home defeat to Hibernian at the weekend, their fifth loss at Ibrox of the season.
Graeme Murty’s side are now 11 points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, with both sides having played the same amount of matches.
The Light Blues are also three points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen, whose manager Derek McInnes rejected the chance to take over at Ibrox before Christmas.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.
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