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24th Feb, 2017 | 1:32pm

Martin O'Neill has a pop at Rangers, explains why Celtic need them

By Amir Mir

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has had a pop at Rangers by stating they are the “poorest side” he has possibly known at Ibrox.

The 64-year-old led the Bhoys to three Scottish Premiership titles during his time in charge and he stated that his former club needs the Gers to “stay strong” and “be strong” in Europe.

At this moment in time, Celtic are managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who has guided the club to an unbeaten domestic streak this term.

By contrast, their Old Firm rivals are without a manager after Mark Warburton left the club earlier this month.

Republic of Ireland manager O’Neill did not hold back when talking about Rangers as he also delivered this message for his former side.

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“Rangers are not strong at all,” O’Neill told talkSPORT. “In fact, it is possibly the poorest side I’ve ever known at Ibrox.

“For Celtic to stay strong and be strong in Europe, they need opposition there and they need it to come from Rangers.”

Managerless Rangers recently earned promotion from the Championship and during their first season in the SPL, they have struggled a considerable amount.

They are third in the table, 30 points behind leaders Celtic, who they were hoping to challenge for the title at the start of the season.

However, they now face the reality of finishing outside the top two and even possibly missing out on third spot.

At this moment in time, the Glasgow club are six points behind second-placed Aberdeen with fourth-placed Hearts five points behind the struggling Scottish club.

The Ibrox outfit travel to Inverness on Friday night where they will be looking to put their recent 2-1 defeat against Dundee behind them.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has revealed what type of manager he wants at the club.

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