Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has claimed the biggest difference between the job facing Steven Gerrard at Ibrox and the one Brendan Rodgers faced when he took the reins at Celtic is that Rodgers started with players already capable of winning the league.

Gerrard will be taking the reins at Ibrox on June 1st as he tries to stop Rodgers’ side romping to an eighth successive Scottish title but McCoist thinks that will mean an influx of new players at his former club in the summer.

The Gers’ all-time leading goalscorer insists that the Gers recruitment this summer will be “absolutely vital” to their chances of knocking Rodgers’ side off top spot.

“Brendan Rodgers came in and made some of those players – not ordinary players but good players – better, but the big difference is he did it with players that were already that were winning the league,” McCoist said, as shown by BT Sport’s Twitter account.

“They were good enough at that point that they were already winning the league.

“Fact of the matter is, the vast majority of the Rangers squad will not improve that much that they will go on and win the league.

“The recruitment is absolutely vital.”

Football Insider verdict

Rangers’ recruitment is going to be absolutely crucial this summer if they are to win the title and there is a strong case that the bulk of the current first-team squad could all leave in the summer. Players like Harry Forrester, Joe Dodoo and Michael O’Halloran surely won’t have any future at Ibrox while a host of first-team fringe players such as Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Andy Halliday could all find themselves on the way out too. While there could be a huge number of departures, Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen simply can’t bring in players for the sake of adding numbers and need to ensure that are bringing quality over quantity. The Gers will almost certainly have a massively different look when the competitive action gets underway next season under Gerrard and assistant manager Gary McAllister. With European football kicking off early, there is little time to waste for the Ibrox giants.

In other Rangers news, both the Gers and Celtic are in the running to sign this £100,000-a-week Premier League midfielder who will be available in the summer.

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