Rangers news: McNamara claims Celtic squad stronger after absences

Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara makes Celtic claim after worrying Rangers update

Jackie McNamara claims that the strength in depth of Rangers is significantly weaker than Celtic’s after a number of injuries at Ibrox.

The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that losing the likes of James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and most recently Jermain Defoe has had a clear impact on the Light Blues.

Gerrard confirmed that the veteran hitman would be missing for as many as five weeks after he was forced off against Ross County in midweek, Alfredo Morelos making a timely return from suspension to take his place in the starting XI.

McNamara says that Rangers lack quality without the likes of Jack and Tavernier and that he thinks the squad depth at Ibrox is inferior to Celtic’s options.

McNamara told Football Insider: “This is where the squad comes into it and what they have. I think you could see that last weekend against Hearts, you take a few of them out that Rangers team and they’re not the same.

“With Morelos, Tavernier or Jack went off, it’s quite noticeable the difference, the intensity of their play and their attacking. 

“I think that’s where Rangers’ squad’s quite a bit weaker than Celtic’s, and that will be the worry with Defoe.”

Defoe has not been a mainstay for the Light Blues this season, with only half of his 30 appearances coming among the starting XI, but he has managed to net 17 goals during his time on the pitch.

Meanwhile Morelos has continued his fine form from last season, with 28 goals under his belt across all competitions.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club tabled two offers for £5m playmaker.