Rangers attacker Josh Windass has admitted it is “difficult” for the Gers to catch bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership thanks to the Hoops having more money.
Since the Gers were kicked out of the Scottish Premiership in 2012, their city rivals have been unchallenged in the league and had a free run at the Champions League riches.
The Gers have closed the gap significantly this season after finishing more than 30 points behind last season but Windass admits that the extra spending power Brendan Rodgers’ side have at their disposal make things harder for the Light Blues.
“It’s difficult, with the spending they’ve got with the Champions League obviously they get big money for getting into that and obviously we’ve not got as much money as them. But this year it’s got a lot closer compared to last year so I’m hoping in the next year or so we’ll be able to get a lot closer,” Windass told Sky Sports’ SoccerAM, as quoted by the Daily Record.
With Celtic spending over £20million a year more than the Ibrox giants on player wages alone, the gulf between the two sides’ spending is clear to see.
Graeme Murty’s side find themselves sitting ten points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership going into the final run of games this season and still have to face their bitter rivals once more in the league.
The Glasgow giants also have an Old Firm Scottish Cup final to play when they meet at Hampden on April 15th for a place in May’s showpiece final.
Football Insider verdict:
The huge difference in spending between the two sides is hard to argue with given the sums involved. The Gers are edging there way closer to Celtic but need to close the financial gap sooner rather than later to have a real shot at catching their rivals. Without a mega-rich tycoon – or a remarkable collapse at Celtic – Gers fans may need to be patient as the Ibrox side try to make up ground on Brendan Rodgers’ side and stop them racking up ten titles in a row. Even the huge gap in spending carries on through to the managers with Brendan Rodgers walking away with considerably more in a week than anybody on the payroll at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.