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25th Mar, 2017 | 11:06am

Murdo MacLeod: This is how many players Rangers need to compete with Celtic

By Will Butcher

Murdo MacLeod believes Rangers need to sign six or seven top-class players to stop Celtic from beating the Gers’ record of nine Scottish Premiership titles in a row.

Celtic have won five league titles in a row as the Gers collapsed to the fourth tier of Scottish football, with Brendan Rodgers’ side soon to complete their sixth consecutive triumph.

Celtic legend MacLeod told the Scottish Sun that new manager Pedro Caixinha needs to make “six or seven” signings that are capable of winning the player of the season award at Ibrox.

“Look at Celtic right now,” MacLeod said. “Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney are all being mentioned as potential Player of the Year candidates.

“Nobody from Rangers is getting a mention, so they’ll have to bring in a similar number of players of that calibre. They’ll need to recruit six or seven Player of the Year contenders.”

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The Gers were expected to rival Old Firm enemies Celtic for the top spot this season, after fighting their way back to the top tier of Scottish football.

However, a turbulent season that has seen 14 new signings, Joey Barton suspended and released, and the departure of Mark Warburton, has left a huge gulf between the two teams.

Now 33 points behind the Bhoys and sitting in third behind Aberdeen, Rangers have plenty of work to do if they want to stop the Hoops from continuing to dominate Scottish football.

Portuguese manager Caixinha takes charge of his second game as Gers manager on April 1, as they play host to Motherwell with the chance of reducing Aberdeen’s advantage to five points.

In other Rangers news, Dave King has delivered this warning to Warburton follwing his move to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

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