Scotland manager Alex McLeish has claimed there is not a “level playing field” between Rangers and Celtic after the Hoops wrapped up their seventh successive Scottish title with a 5-0 win over their bitter rivals.
Sunday’s Parkhead thrashing laid bare just how far away the Gers are from Brendan Rodgers’ side and former Rangers manager McLeish insists it is “not good enough.”
The Gers trail Celtic by thirteen points in the Scottish Premiership in third-place with Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen three points clear in the race for second.
McLeish admits the Gers have made some progress but thinks they need more “good players” to compete for the title with Celtic.
“Rangers are still in transition, they know they have made some progress,” McLeish told Sky Sports.
“They made a statement last week saying that, well they know what’s happening inside.
“In terms of where they should be, we know where that is and for everybody concerned with Rangers it’s not good enough.
“Rangers have got some good players but they need more to compete with Celtic.
“It is not a level playing field at the moment.”
The Gers have three games left to catch Aberdeen and face a trip to Pittodrie in the penultimate game of the campaign.
The clash with the Dons is sandwiched between the visit of Kilmarnock to Ibrox before the Gers visit McLeish’s former club Hibs on the final day of the season.
Football Insider verdict
McLeish has called it spot on and the former Gers boss will have a fair idea of what managing the Gers when they are struggling after finishing third during his time in charge. There needs to be some real quality additions to the squad in the summer and that will almost certainly mean the likes of chairman Dave King to get his chequebook out and give serious funds to director of football Mark Allen to spend. There has been progression but the Gers look to be heading backwards at a rate of knots just now.