Former Rangers icon Ally McCoist believes the Ibrox giants need to sign at least four players this summer if they are to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

The Light Blues have slipped to 13 points behind their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership table as Brendan Rodgers’ side sit on the brink of winning their seventh successive league flag.

With the Gers set to undergo another massive overhaul in the summer, McCoist believes the Light Blues manager needs to be well back financially by the board when the transfer window opens.

“It’s a realistic prospect if they continue to support the manager financially in terms of attracting new players,” McCoist said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It depends also what you mean by instant success. Does that mean winning a trophy or does it mean winning the league?

“For me, the next step would be winning a trophy. If that’s to happen then the manager, whoever that may be, must be able to invest in his squad.

I thought it made sense. But they certainly, absolutely, need strengthening, all over the park.

“Rangers will need, I would have thought, at least four players if they want to challenge Celtic for the title next year.”

The Gers lead third-placed Aberdeen on goal difference going into the final five games of the season and the Gers will be desperate to secure second ahead of Derek McInnes’ side.

With manager Graeme Murty also looking like he could leave Ibrox in the summer it could be a very busy summer for the Light Blues.

Football Insider verdict:

Four players sounds like a fair assessment of where the Gers are at the minute. Director of football Mark Allen needs to make sure at least one central defender and a creative midfielder are among those brought to the club in the summer. Depending on how many players leave – and there could be a lot – the Gers could look very different when they line up for the first time next season. There’s an argument that the Gers could need as many as six or seven new players in the summer who will walk straight into the first-team but it will all depend on how well the board backs Allen and whoever is manager.

In other Rangers news, this 32-goal hitman will make fans instantly forget about their current strikers if the Light Blues sign him up in the summer.

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