Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes Rangers should be “10 to 15 points” clear of the Dons and Hibernian next season – if they back Steven Gerrard in the transfer market.

McInnes’ side beat the Light Blues to second in the league in the campaign just finished but thinks the Light Blues should be well ahead of their rivals next season and much closer to defending champions Celtic.

The Dons boss believes Gerrard’s appointment as manager is a good choice, calling the Liverpool legend “an impressive guy.”

“With Rangers you would expect their improvement to be more each year if they make the decisions,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Evening Express.

“From the outside Gerrard looks a good decision because he is an impressive guy.

“If they get the funds and they use the funds wisely then they should be 10 to 15 points clear of Aberdeen and Hibs.”

Football Insider verdict:

McInnes is trying to ramp up the pressure on Gerrard already – as well as dampening his own support’s expectations – and while he’s trying to build up the scrutiny on Gerrard, McInnes should focus on making sure Aberdeen don’t revert to type next season. The Dons boss showed a lack of bottle when he decided against taking the Rangers job and actually putting himself into a position to compete for trophies instead of accepting mid-table mediocrity and viewing cup finals as a big day out. Despite finishing ahead of the Gers last season, there’s as much an argument that it was down the Light Blues being woeful in other games than Aberdeen being particularly good. Losing three of the four meetings between the sides this season would back that up to a degree. If Gerrard can get some sort of consistency then the Gers should do far better next season.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.

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