Rangers tipped to bridge Celtic transfer gap after £40m claim - expert
Alex McLeish has insisted Rangers must get their transfer business right this summer to stay in touch with Celtic next season.
The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Gers’ recruitment could bridge the financial “gulf” that could open up between the two sides.
Analysis from Football Insider (3 May) has revealed Rangers are set to pick up £25million-plus from their Europa League campaign this season.
However, Football Insider’s finance expert Kieran Maguire estimates a Champions League campaign would be worth in excess of £40million.
Celtic are on course to head straight into the Champions League group stages as Premiership winners.
Rangers look set to join the third round of Champions League qualifying and will enter the Europa League again if knocked out.
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McLeish insisted the Light Blues need not worry about finances if they can box clever with their recruitment.
Asked if he thought Celtic could open up a gap financially on Rangers, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They said this three or four years ago.
“Just after Brendan left, they said that Celtic had reserves Rangers just couldn’t cope with.
“Then all of a sudden Rangers mounted the challenge and won the 55th title. You then see that recruitment is the real key. Let’s face it, this year Postecoglou hasn’t burst the bank.
“They’ve got loan players there, like Carter-Vickers, and they’ve got others they’ve brought under the radar. That will be an important next step for any of the teams.
“The gulf in terms of the money, sometimes you say: ‘We’ve got more money, we need to spend more.’
“Then you get in-between players that are in between the average level and the highest level. Sometimes that doesn’t quite work.
“Celtic have brought in some shrewd signings, why would they start to ignore what they’ve done this year? Rangers have brought shrewd signings as well and not burst the bank.
“I think there’s a lot of scope out there. The difference and the gulf of money didn’t make the difference the year the Rangers won that huge title. Celtic were about to win 10-in-a-row.
“They probably didn’t spend as much money as Celtic. People criticised Celtic that season for their recruitment. But last summer, they got it right.”