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2nd May, 2017 | 1:44pm

Hateley delivers verdict on Rangers 2017-18 title chances, states what is needed

By Will Butcher

Mark Hateley believes there is little chance that Rangers will challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

The Gers are currently way off Brendan Rodgers’ side in the top tier of Scottish football, sitting in third and 36 points behind the Bhoys.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former Gers star Hateley believes his old side need major investment in the summer transfer window if they are to get near the Hoops next season.

Hateley, who played for Rangers between 1990 and 1995 before returning in 1997, agreed with Willie Henderson’s claim that the Gers need £50million to challenge the Hoops.

“Unless there’s some big investment – and Willie Henderson was right last week when he said it would take £50m – there is little chance Rangers will compete for the title next season,” Hateley said.

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“Of course we need to add players to make a better squad but it’s no good wishing for something we can’t afford. Progress has to be little by little and fans have to be prepared for that.”

Rangers suffered a fifth defeat of the season to enemies Celtic on Saturday, as the Gers were battered 5-1 for the second time by Rodgers’ confident side.

It sees Celtic continue in their pursuit of completing the treble, while Rangers are now just playing for pride with four Scottish Premiership matches left to play.

Next up for Caixinha’s side is a trip to Partick on Saturday, as they look to make it three out of three against the Caley Jags after a 2-0 win at Ibrox and a 2-1 triumph away in November.

In other Rangers news, here are three reasons why the 54-time Scottish champions should enter the race for this 32-year-old former star.

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