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10th Jan, 2017 | 8:14am

Walter Smith: Rangers must do this now to keep pace with Celtic

By Matt Farr

Former Rangers boss Walter Smith insists the club must spend big in January to halt Celtic’s dominance in Scotland.

Smith, who was appointed Rangers boss 10 years ago, believes the gap between the two sides is currently bigger than ever before, and that his beloved side must look to combat their rivals now.

Celtic are currently cruising towards their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, boasting a 19-point lead over Rangers at the top of the table.

They remain undefeated in the league since the opening day of the season, and Smith worries that they could go on to win 10 consecutive titles.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Smith admitted the club must find a way to win at all costs, and urged Rangers chairman Dave King to splash the cash this month in order to remain competitive.

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He said: “I think the gap is bigger now. Celtic will go on to win ten in a row.

“The manager needs to find a way to win and the board have to find a way of getting Rangers back into that position. It’s not going to be easy.

“They need investment in the team just now. It doesn’t matter what anyone says and the board has to find a way of doing that.”

Rangers last won the Scottish Premiership title in 2010-11, which was their third consecutive crown, but administration and eventual liquidation saw them drop down to the bottom of the Scottish league pyramid.

They won back-to-back promotions from the fourth-tier to the second-tier, but missed out on promotion back to the top-flight in 2014-15.

But they lifted the title the following season by a comfortable 11-point margin to seal their long-awaited return back at the top.

They remain Celtic’s biggest threat to the title, but in Rangers’ absence, the Hoops recruited well and have soared ahead of their rivals largely unchallenged.

Rangers must now undergo a similar transformation if they are to even get close to halting Celtic’s reign.

In other Rangers news, fans reacted on Twitter as the club confirmed the signing of Emerson Hyndman on loan.