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3rd Jun, 2017 | 12:03pm

Steven Naismith: Rangers must do this to catch Celtic next season

By Will Butcher

Steven Naismith has urged Rangers to back Pedro Caixinha in the upcoming transfer market after confirming their first two summer signings.

Caixinha has already brought veteran defender Bruno Alves and ex-Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack to Ibrox, with a number of Portuguese targets also reportedly on Caixinha’s radar.

Speaking to the BBC, former Rangers star Naismith believes Caixinha needs to be backed even further in order to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic during the 2017-18 season.

Naismith, who left Rangers in 2012 to join Everton before moving to Norwich, also claimed that the Gers have the “best support” and can always rely on that.

“Hopefully, with the new manager, he gets what he wants and can put a good challenge together,” said Naismith.

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“The one thing you can say for Rangers is they have probably had the best support and, for a club that hasn’t done too well, they’ve got that to fall back on.

“Hopefully they can turn it around and get back to being the successful team they always have been.”

Rangers finished a huge 39 points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic last season, losing five of their six encounters against Brendan Rodgers’ side as the Hoops won the treble.

However, there is a renewed optimism at Ibrox following the signing of Alves and Jack, and with more signing expected in the pipeline, Caixinha could close the gap.

Naismith, 30, made his debut for the Gers way back in September 2007 and went on to make a huge 132 league and cup appearances for the 54-time Scottish champions.

Rangers are favourites to sign the 45-time Scotland international, which could see Naismith return to Ibrox five years after first leaving.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are set to rival Premier League side Brighton for this Championship midfielder.

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