Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has said he thinks the Light Blues need four quality players this summer if they are to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title – but it could take much more than that.
The Gers’ all-time record goalscorer thinks that whoever is manager at Ibrox in the summer needs to be backed by the Light Blues board, saying: “it’s a realistic prospect if they continue to support the manager financially in terms of attracting new players,” as quoted by the Daily Record.
With a whole host of Gers players likely to leave Ibrox in the summer, whoever takes the reins in the summer could need to bring a whole team in to launch a challenge to Celtic next term.
Too many of the Gers’ players have failed to step up when they’ve been needed and help the Light Blues turn scrappy games into wins and any new manager could look to replace under-performing stars like Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Eduardo Herrera and maybe even club captain Lee Wallace.
It’s been clear that the Light Blues have needed to spend big and bring in some real quality instead of looking for bargains and loan signings and this summer it is time for the Gers board to put up or shut up.
A central defender or two, another full-back, a creative midfielder and a centre-forward are all desperately required while there’s also a case for a new number one and defensive-minded midfielder – all added to the expected signing of Jamie Murphy.
With Celtic bearing down on ten-in-a-row, the scope for getting it wrong for the Gers is narrowing with every passing transfer window and adding in an expected managerial change this summer means there’s no room for error for the Ibrox board this time around.