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8th Mar, 2017 | 12:25pm

Charlie Nicholas: Rangers have gone backwards with the sacking of Warburton

By Harvey Byrne

Glasgow-born Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Rangers have fallen further away from Celtic since sacking Mark Warburton.

The Ibrox giants are currently sat in third place in the Premiership table with an enitre 33 points between themselves and their fierce rivals placed at the top.

The Gers decided to part ways with promotion winning manager Warburton in February in an attempt to improve their current positioning.

However, Nicholas, who played for Celtic for eight years during his career believes the gap has only widened since the former Brentford man’s departure.

Additionally, he feels that current managerial favourite Pedro Caixinha alongside a director of football is a risk for the Ibrox club.

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“I couldn’t put a time frame on it,” started Nicholas speaking on Wednesday morning’s Premier League Daily show.

“Rangers could come back, you’re looking at Rangers and for me under Warburton they were probably another three, four players away from getting closer.

“Now I think it’s broadened. With Warburton gone and if the Portuguese guy comes in, which is a risk and they’re looking at a technical director of football, that’s a risk.

“They could be as much as eight or nine players away so I can only put in frames of money. It’s a long, long way and I wouldn’t like to be the one opening the purse strings for it.”

Rangers are set to meet Celtic on Sunday in a Premiership clash at Celtic Park.

Past results between the two sides do not read too favourably on the Gers with Brendan Rodgers’ men winning all three of their clashes in this current campaign.

However, Rangers will be motivated by the fact that they can be the team to end Celtic’s 27-league match unbeaten run on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, former loanee Dominic Ball has identified why the Gers have struggled this season.

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