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Former Rangers captain David Weir thinks it will be “really difficult” for Rangers to close the gap to Celtic thanks to Brendan Rodgers – and believes the Hoops put a huge amount of “thought and planning” into their appointment of the former Liverpool manager.

After Weir and Mark Warburton masterminded a Scottish Cup semi-final win over the Hoops in 2016, they quickly moved to replace struggling manager Ronny Deila with Rodgers at great expense and have since take huge strides forward.

Weir admits the Parkhead board got the decision to appoint of the Northern Irishman spot on and thinks Rodgers is “setting the bar high” for the rest of Scottish football.

“I think it will be really difficult,” Weir said, as quoted by the Evening Times, when asked if the Gers can catch their bitter rivals.

“He is a top manager. He has a method in regards what he does.

“He has the respect of the players, the club, everybody and he is setting the bar high.

“Celtic’s managerial appointment was really good. There was obviously a lot of thought and planning went into it.”

Rodgers’ side face their city rivals at Hampden on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final as they look to secure a historic back-to-back treble.

The Hoops are one game away from lifting their seventh successive Scottish Premiership title – their second under Rodgers.

Rangers meanwhile are hoping to get their hands on their first major trophy since they lifted the Scottish Premiership in 2011 under Walter Smith.

Football Insider verdict:

Rodgers seems to carry this unbeatable reputation but results this season for Celtic have shown it to be anything but the case. The Parkhead side have dropped plenty of points this season but, while some will say it doesn’t really matter since hey have won the games that matter, after going unbeaten last season it is a noticeable drop off in results. Celtic are definitely catchable and with the right signings in the summer, the Gers should take another big step towards overtaking their bitter rivals and finally lifting the 55th title.

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