Alex McLeish insists that it’s vital for Rangers to recruit right over the summer if they are to close the gap to Celtic next season.
The Gers have finished second in the league this campaign and are six points adrift of champions Celtic, but did beat their Old Firm rivals twice at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard is coming to the end of his first year of senior management and has helped the Light Blues close the gap to Celtic.
Ex-Rangers boss McLeish has claimed that his former side have had a good season, but they have to get the summer transfer window right.
“I’m very impressed. I know Stevie has been very humble and actually said ‘it’s not good enough [this season] and I’ve got to win things at this club’,” McLeish told Love Sport Radio.
“The most important thing for him now if they’re going to seriously challenge Celtic is recruitment. They’ve certainly given Celtic food for thought.
“Given that Celtic lost that game rather meekly, [even though they were] preparing for a cup final and maybe with a few tired legs and maybe not focusing as much as they would be, they might think they need to be looking at their recruitment.”
Gerrard made wholesale changes to the Rangers squad last summer, but they have fallen short against a Celtic team that had to deal with the mid-season departure of manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rangers do need some more quality reinforcements if they are to again next year and the key will be consistency.
They have won their last five league games to hit some top form, but their campaign has been plagued by inconsistency against lesser teams and that’s ultimately been the difference.
Meanwhile, Celtic surely won’t stand still regardless of who’s in their manager’s helm next season.