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18th Apr, 2017 | 4:04pm

Marco Negri: This is what Rangers need to challenge Celtic

By Harvey Byrne

Former striker Marco Negri believes that Rangers need to earn a place in Europe next season in order to attract better players and help them challenge fierce rivals Celtic.

The Ibrox giants are currently in their first season back in the Premiership after suffering demotion in 2012.

Now, during their four seasons away from the Scottish top-flight Celtic have been able to establish their dominance and have won six Premiership titles in a row.

There is also currently a massive 33 points between the two Scottish giants in the league table and while Rangers sit in third place they are on course to feature in next season’s Europa League with the second and third placed sides being awarded with a place in the competition.

Negri, 46, has now stated that it is vital for Rangers to continue as they are and has claimed that European football would allow them more money to spend on better players in order to challenge with Celtic.

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“The Old Firm is the Old Firm and players, managers and fans don’t need any motivation,” told Negri, as quoted by the National.

“The pressure, the positive pressure, is there. The other games are very important as well and getting second place would be important for the team. Getting into Europe would be good for the fans and it would give the manager money to spend on players. If you want to improve and to challenge Celtic, you need better players.”

Rangers were somewhat restricted with the players they could bring to the club last summer and Mark Warburton chose to scour the English Football Leagues for a number of his additions.

But, fans will now be hoping Pedro Caixinha can use some of his European knowledge to help the club attract quality players at a relatively cheap price.

However, beforehand, supporters will be looking for the club to dump rivals Celtic out of the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Sunday at Hampden Park.

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