Rangers have been “killed” by the amount of games they have drawn in their pursuit of Celtic, according to Darren Bent.

The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has torn into the Gers for their inability to kill off games and pick up all three points.

The Light Blues, who sit 13 points behind table-toppers Celtic, have drawn four matches in comparison to the Hoops’ two this season.

They drew three more games than Neil Lennon’s side last season, losing just one match more than the eventual champions.

Bent believes that Rangers are being held back by their incapacity to finish games off and suggests that overcoming that hurdle is all they need to rival Celtic.

Asked what Gerrard’s men need to do to catch the Bhoys, Bent told Football Insider: “Obviously, when you look at their two records, they probably lose the same amount of games, there’s not much between them in the games that they lose.

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“However, it’s Rangers, they draw too many. If you look at Rangers in the last couple of seasons, they’ve drawn too many and it’s killed them, it’s been the draws that have killed them really.

“With the losses, they’re roughly the same but with the draws, they have like six or seven draws and you’ve got to somehow turn those draws into wins. In that way, that’s the only thing they can do.” 

Rangers have won five games less than Celtic this term, suffering defeats to the likes of Hamilton, Kilmarnock and Hearts.

However, they have progressed further than their rivals in the Europa League, reaching the round of 16 before the postponement of fixtures.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton believes a midfielder could leave Ibrox for good as he hints at a summer move.