Scott McDonald identifies current difference between Rangers and Celtic
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Scott McDonald identifies current difference between Rangers and Celtic

Former Celtic striker, Scott McDonald, has had his say on Rangers, as quoted by BBC Sport.
On Tuesday night, the Gers missed the opportunity to set up an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final.
Just four days previously, a draw at Hibernian all but ended their hopes in the league, too.

Tensions spilled over towards the end of the fixture at Easter Road. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That means Celtic are firmly on course to land the treble.
While their respective returns this season may vastly differ, it may all be down to one issue.
“It’s a big, big summer coming up”, said McDonald, as quoted by BBC Sport.

“Steven Gerrard’s got to get his recruitment right. It’s vitally important.”
“What’s important for Celtic is that they keep certain players, but for Rangers, they’re going to have to bring some quality through that door. They’re looking for someone to unlock doors because that’s where they’ve really struggled – to break teams down when they’ve really needed to in big games and that’s the difference between them and Celtic at the moment.”

Is McDonald right?

McDonald played for Celtic between 2007 and 2010. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He’s hit the nail on the head here. People can point to some questionable defending in the last two matches and scapegoat the usual player.

Yet, Rangers have conceded well less than a goal per game in the league. The back four isn’t perfect, but it isn’t the main issue, either.

Against Aberdeen, for example, the Gers have failed to score on three occasions this season.
Furthermore, against Hibernian, the same problems have arisen. Gerrard’s men should have been out of sight in all three meetings between the teams this season, yet, they managed to drop six points.

First Lennon and now Heckingbottom, have exposed Rangers’ lack of creative spark. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In January, Rangers undoubtedly strengthened, but they failed to address a key area.
A genuine no.10 is essential. Kent and Candeias offer width, Morelos provides directness, but there’s no subtlety in attacking areas.
We already know the Gers can best Celtic in a head-to-head, but they need an injection of creativity to challenge over the course of the season.

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