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16th Jan, 2017 | 11:45am

If Rangers fans were not super worried before, they should be now

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Rangers’ 4-0 friendly defeat against RB Leipzig demonstrated the huge climb the club must take to be able to compete against teams in Europe.

If supporters of the Scottish top flight’s second-placed team were not already super worried by the gulf between them and bitter rivals Celtic, they should be following the drubbing on Sunday evening.

Mark Warburton’s side were completely out-played by the German Bundesliga outfit and, despite it only being a friendly, the thrashing gave a true indication of how far Rangers are from being an elite club.

The Gers have been massively overshadowed by Celtic in domestic competition this season and their performances against European opponents is also a worrying sign for Rangers.

Celtic produced a stunning display to draw against Manchester City earlier this season and despite a humiliating result against Barcelona, they gave a decent account of themselves in the Champions League.

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Rangers will be hoping to secure a European spot by finishing runners-up in the Scottish Premiership but if they are to compete, they have a lot of improving to do.

They looked unbalanced, rigid and out-paced by Leipzig on Sunday and it must be worrying for Rangers given the mountain they already face to conquer Scotland.

Celtic have the fan base, the players and the money to drive even further ahead but Rangers must not fall behind so they desperately need to invest in the January transfer window.

While short-term success is desirable, for Rangers to regain their place as one of the most elite clubs in the world, they need to be able to compete in European competition and that needs revamping the playing staff as soon as possible as the current squad is not up to the mark.

Celtic are just one obstacle standing in their way but the defeat against Leipzig highlighted must larger concerns for Rangers’ future.

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