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3rd Jun, 2017 | 3:02pm

Benni McCarthy: Rangers need more players like new signing to catch Celtic

By Will Butcher

Benni McCarthy has urged Rangers to continue to bring new players of the quality of Bruno Alves to Ibrox this summer in order to catch Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.

The Gers have completed two signings so far in ex-Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack and veteran defender Alves – McCarthy’s former teammate at Porto.

Speaking to BBC Sport, South African striker McCarthy revealed that he believes Rangers need more signings like Alves to reduce the 39-point gap that separated Celtic from the Gers in the Scottish Premiership this season.

“I’m not too sure he’ll be able to change that because Celtic are so strong,” McCarthy said. “It’s going to take more than one Bruno Alves in that Rangers side to take the title from Celtic.

“But if they sign a couple more players like Bruno, then I think Rangers are in with a shout of giving Celtic a run for their money.”

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Alves signed for the Gers on a two-year deal from Serie A outfit Cagliari last month, before Jack was confirmed as a Rangers player after his contract at Aberdeen expired.

The Gers were beaten five times in just six games by Celtic this season, as Rodgers’ side completed a marvellous treble in the former Liverpool manager’s first season north of the border.

Caixinha is likely to keep adding to his squad with a whole host of players being reportedly linked with moves to Ibrox, as the Gers look to challenge Celtic next season.

With a Europa League campaign also on the horizon, the 54-time Scottish champions will be desperate to bring in top-quality signings that can help them fight on all fronts.

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