The backroom staff at Rangers have made a “massive difference” this season, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic and Scotland striker said Steven Gerrard’s side have been “playing as a team” while the Hoops have been “a group of individuals”.

The Gers were crowned champions last weekend in what was Gerrard’s third season at the club.

He took over at Ibrox in May 2018 and appointed Gary McAllister as his assistant manager and Michael Beale as his first team coach.

McAvennie bemoaned Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell for not allowing Neil Lennon to bring in his own backroom staff, prior to the 49-year-old’s exit in February.

“It is a lot easier to win the first one than it is to retain it,” he told Football Insider.

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“That is a big challenge for Steven Gerrard now. I make no apology for saying it, he has brought in his own people and it has made a massive difference. Lennon did not get that.

“You do not see any Rangers players wanting a move at the moment. The difference between the two sides is that Celtic are playing for themselves whereas Rangers are all playing as a team.

“They have great individual players like Kent and Morelos but even they are playing as a team.

“Celtic are not. It is a group of individuals and that is the big difference.”  

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