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30th Dec, 2016 | 2:35pm

Warburton: No inferiority complex, this is why Rangers are so far behind Celtic

By Emma Sanders

Mark Warburton claims Celtic have a huge advantage in the Premiership because they have way more money to spend on new signings and players’ wages.

The Rangers boss admitted there was a huge “financial disparity” between the two sides but his job is to make sure the Gers can compete against them as best they can.

Warburton admitted Rangers fall from the Premiership has proved costly and the money Celtic receive from Champions League qualification makes a huge difference.

He also insisted the gap is “staggering” and Rangers have simply had to realise the situation and accept it but still do their best to compete.

“Are we happy with the gap? Of course not. We have got to close it,” Warburton said in the Scottish Sun.

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“If you looked at wage structures I’m sure you’d be staggered at the disparity. Our job is to make sure we can compete as soon as possible,” added Warburton.

“We recognise there is a significant financial disparity. There is no inferiority complex, just a realisation. It is a fact. I can’t control Celtic and the Champions League money coming in.”

In 2012, Rangers were sent down into the Scottish third division after financial difficulties had put the club into liquidation.

However, after climbing back to the top, they will go go head-to-head with Celtic on New Year’s Eve at the Ibrox and Rangers will be hoping to gain revenge on the last Premiership meeting which saw Celtic run out as convincing winners in a 5-1 thrashing at Parkhead.

The Gers suffered another defeat against Celtic in November when the Hoops knocked Warburton’s side out of the semi-final of the Betfred cup and went on to win the competition.

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