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23rd Apr, 2017 | 6:22pm

BBC pundit: This is how many players Rangers need to recruit to challenge Celtic

By Harvey Byrne

Former Rangers striker and BBC pundit Steven Thompson believes the Gers need to recruit in every position this summer if they are to challenge Celtic in the future.

Rangers were promoted back to the Premiership last summer after being demoted in 2012 following the club entering administration.

However, many feel as though they should be performing better in the league table and there is currently a massive 33-point gap between themselves and fierce rivals Celtic in the Scottish top-flight.

Additionally, Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by their Glaswegian rivals on Sunday at the semi-final stage and Thompson has now shared that the Gers are in need of vast changes if they are to challenge Celtic once again.

“It’s hard to put a figure on it, it’s a lot,” started Thompson speaking on BBC Sport Scotland after the match in regards to how much Rangers needed to invest in the summer.

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“But, it is hard to put a figure on it. I think they need to sign, certainly recruit better than they did last summer. That’s a fact.

“I think possibly they’ll be looking at every single position on the pitch. If they want to challenge Celtic then they need to recruit in every position.”

Rangers did bring in 11 players in the last summer under Mark Warburton, but those signings include Philippe Senderos, Matt Gilks, Joey Barton, Matt Crooks, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar, who have all failed to contribute to the club and some have even already left.

Meanwhile, Celtic made some minor adjustments in the summer with six players joining permanently, but of those includes stars Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair for a combined fee of £3million.

The Hoops are now on course for a domestic treble and with six consecutive league titles to their name Rangers fans will be hoping the club soon finds a solution to breaking Celtic’s dominance.

In other Rangers news, Pat Bonner gave his critical assessment of the Gers’ play against Celtic during the match.

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