Rangers legend Ally McCoist says that Graeme Murty has done a “reasonable” job as manager and that the club need to invest wisely in the playing squad to close the gap on league leaders Celtic.

The Gers sit 10 points adrift of their fierce rivals having played a game more this season, and have failed to beat them in their three meetings, losing two and managing a 0-0 draw in the other.

It has been by no means smooth sailing, Pedro Caixinha conducting a complete overhaul of the playing squad last summer before results saw him axed, and a long hunt for manager ended with youth coach Murty being handed the reigns until the end of the campaign.

With two months left to play, which include a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic next month, McCoist says the current boss can be satisfied with the job he has done at the helm, even if they fail to pick up any silverware, and that a small amount of investment in the transfer window could make a big impact on lessening the difference between the Glasgow rivals.

He was quoted by the Daily Record as saying: “Celtic have a better quality of player, certainly in forward areas but I certainly think if there is sensible reinvestment in the Rangers squad that will continue to close the gap.

“There clearly still is a gap but it not as wide as it was a couple of years ago. There is still a long, long way.

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“Looking at it fairly, I think Graeme has done a good job.

“Some of the signings that have come in have improved the team and improved the squad and, as I say, he has done a more than reasonable job.”

Football Insider verdict

Considering the turmoil the Gers have been through they have done well to have made this much ground on Celtic, but the next step may well be the toughest. McCoist is right in saying investment is needed, but the Hoops will have far more cash to splash, and getting the calibre of player to compete will be a huge challenge. If a player is being eye up by the Bhoys and the Gers, then it is, barring personal reasons, Brendan Rodgers’ men who will snap him up simply due to their finances. Still, as McCoist highlights, the club did well to improve with the January recruits and if they can keep strengthening in the same fashion, the gap may well close somewhat, but there is a massive way to go until they are on level pegging.

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