By Frank McAvennie

15th Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

McAvennie makes 'incredible' Rangers-Celtic title claim after Sky's manager update

Frank McAvennie insists it is wrong to rule Rangers out of the title race following Steven Gerrard’s departure.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Celtic hitman insisted the Gers still have a better squad than his former side.

Rangers announced Gerrard had joined Aston Villa on Thursday morning, bringing an end to his three and a half years at Ibrox.

Gerrard leaves Rangers top of the Scottish Premiership, four points ahead of in-form Celtic.

Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth reported on 13 November Giovanni Van Bronckhorst had held “positive talks” with Rangers as he was spotted flying back to Holland as the club looks for a new manager.

McAvennie insists the Gers’ hopes of winning a second successive title rest on keeping their “incredible” squad together during the January transfer window.

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“Rangers aren’t throwing the title away by any means,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Gerrard was a big part of their success but he built an incredible squad.

“Those players are still there. We will have to see if anyone leaves and then who come in during January.

“But that squad is very good at the moment, it also has more depth than Celtic.

“Celtic are firmly in the title race, don’t get me wrong, but I think Rangers still have that edge.

“It could all change with one game at the moment but anyone who says Rangers have thrown away the title is just wrong.

“It also depends what manager they bring in. Van Bronckhorst is being discussed, which would be interesting.”

Rangers are next in action against Hibs in the 21 November’s Scottish League Cup final.

Their next league game is a trip to Livingston on 28 November.

In other news, a pundit has claimed the Ibrox club have a ‘plan’ to avoid player sales in 2022 after a £23.5m reveal.