Rangers fans will all no doubt be gutted at their side’s defeat at the hands of Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash – but it is far from a disaster for the Ibrox giants.

Graeme Murty’s side pushed their bitter rivals closer than they have since returning to the Scottish Premiership and it is clear there is the core of a strong squad at Ibrox.

The Gers still need quality additions in one or two key positions – possibly funded by the sale of Alfredo Morelos in the summer – to mount a consistent title challenge next season.

At least one new central defender and midfielder are needed in the summer if the Gers are to take the next step and realistically push for title number 55.

Over the last 12 months the gap has decreased from 33 points to nine points in the Scottish Premiership and, while it still isn’t where the Gers need to be, there is a definite improvement in quality at Ibrox.

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With the right recruitment in the summer the Light Blues will be right on Celtic’s coat-tails and pushing to stop them winning an eighth successive title – and if director of football Mark Allen’s first window in charge is anything to go by, there’s a real chance they’ll get it spot on.

In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.

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