By Abigail Withey 

Davie Provan says that Rangers are going to have to pay “hard cash” and land up to 10 new players if they want to catch Celtic.

Provan aired his thoughts on Sky Sports this weekend following Celtic’s 5-1 win at the Ibrox Stadium on Saturday.

The victory puts Celtic a staggering 36 points ahead of their Scottish rivals.

“The only way that Rangers can really recover or become competitive again is by bringing in better players,” Provan said.

“And good players cost good money,” he said.

Worryingly, for fans, Provan went on to say, “We’re not talking one or two required, we’re talking seven, eight, nine, ten players… It’s a desperately poor Rangers side.”

The ex-Celtic winger also questioned whether Rangers even had the sufficient funds to rebuild their team

“There is very little evidence that the single biggest shareholder, Dave King and his board, have the means to make Rangers competitive again.”

Rangers’ Chairman, Dave King, has recently been criticised after being rarely seen at Ibrox and missing huge matches against Celtic last week.

Provan added that Ranger’s manager Caixinha may be wasting his time if the club don’t have the money to rebuild properly.

Davie Provan also said that fans will have to hope that Caixinha can use his foreign market knowledge, and that he has the contacts to ensure that summer recruitment is correct and within budget.

It’s not the triumphant return to the Scottish Premiership that Rangers fans were hoping for – and if Provan is correct, there’s no magic wand that will help bridge the gap this summer.

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