By Emma Sanders

David Weir claims Rangers would have to spend at least £100 million to catch up with Celtic right now and even that may not be enough.

The Rangers assistant manager admitted his side have “been in the backwaters” following their dramatic fall from the Scottish Premier League and says Rangers must improve “slowly”.

Weir admitted it would take a huge amount of money to invest in the squad going forward but the sum it would take is not feasible so they have to adopt a more patient approach.

He also claimed spending large sums would still not guarantee success and he is determined Rangers will do it in the correct way.

“Rangers have been in the backwaters for the last four or five years and haven’t really invested in the squad. So how do you bridge that gap?” said Weir, as reported by the Daily Record.

“Well unless you’re spending £100 million or whatever the figure may be and even that doesn’t guarantee it. You’ve got to do it slowly, you’ve got to do it through a process and by constantly improving players, the environment, the challenges you give the players, the youth department, you’ve got to constantly try to build up the whole structure of the club and the whole infrastructure of the club.”

Rangers currently trail Celtic by 19 points in the Premiership table and their Old Firm rivals have been unbeatable so far this season in domestic competition.

Mark Warburton’s side have come out second best on three occasions against Celtic already this season after the suffered a 2-1 defeat in the most recent Old Firm derby on New Year’s Eve.

A number of high-profile Rangers figures have called for the club to splash the cash, including Walter Smith and Stuart McCall but Weir insisted it is not the only way forward.

Celtic continue to gain huge financial advantages from competing in the Champions League as well as achieving domestic success so Rangers will be hoping to secure European qualification for next season.

In other Rangers news, Warburton has revealed this player could be near to a return.

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