Craig Moore thought Rangers had got off to a flyer this summer when the bulk of the revamp was done before pre-season started and all of the new recruits were signed before the first competitive game.

Things haven’t gone exactly to plan though with Michael Beale picking just two of his recent acquisitions in the derby against Celtic.

Not exactly a sign that things are going to plan and, speaking to Go Radio, Craig Moore has highlighted what he feels Rangers are lacking as they look to close the gap on Celtic.

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Craig Moore makes Rangers mentality claim

The former Gers skipper was vocal in the days following the Old Firm, highlighting Beale’s continuous rotation of the forward line in particular as a cause for concern.

Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, Craig Moore thinks that Rangers aren’t strong enough where it matters most, the top two inches:

“I feel a little bit silly I’ve got to say because at the start of the season again, when I was looking on paper, the Celtic squad in terms of the lack of maybe business that they had done and the business that Rangers done, I’m going well, ‘Rangers are the strongest squad’.

“I’ve said this a couple of times but paper doesn’t win you football matches.

“So far, that hasn’t transferred to match day. I’ll tell you what the difference is at this moment in time, mentally, Celtic are stronger.”

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Craig Moore has a point when it comes to Rangers weakness, but only to a certain extent.

Tactics, game plan and approach all contributed to Rangers downfall against Celtic and it looked as though the players were more frustrated than frightened.

Michael Beale just hasn’t found the right combination up front or in midfield, however, he is also like a kid at Christmas in that he seems intent on playing with all of his new toys at once.

With winning games comes a positive mentality and an unbeaten run added to a league cup win would go a long way in persuading this group of players that they have what it takes.

The mentality of the manager might be a bigger problem though.

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