Speaking to PLZ Soccer, former Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson has called on interim chairman Douglas Park to back Steven Gerrard with funding for transfers over the summer months.
Amid the global health crisis, the exact parameters of the transfer window are as yet undetermined.
However, the Gers have already been linked with a number of players and Ferguson believes they must spend in order to have a chance of usurping Celtic next season.
“I think Douglas Park will invest, I don’t know exactly how much,” he told PLZ Soccer. “I do think Rangers will need to strengthen. He (Gerrard) has to bring something back to Ibrox.”
“I do believe he has a very good chance of doing that next season. That might come down to Douglas Park having to invest a bit more money than he would like, but I’m sure he will put his trust in the manager to do that.
“When you go to places like Tynecastle, even at home to Hamilton Accies, you’ve got to find a way of doing that and I think that’s where the manager will realise that he needs maybe two, three, four players in with that sort of mentality.”
It’s hard to argue with Ferguson’s comments here.
Rangers showed that on ability alone, they were more than a match for Celtic over half a season. However, after the winter break, there was a collapse in form and a sizeable gap opened between the two teams.
There were several avoidable defeats along the way to teams like Hearts, Kilmarnock and Hamilton and there wasn’t any bite in the team, with not enough players willing to get the job done at all costs.
Ironically, as they attempt to address those shortcomings, one of the players the Gers have been linked with is Ferguson’s nephew, Lewis [Scottish Sun].
The 20-year-old has been a key part of Aberdeen’s starting XI for the last two seasons and although he’s not yet the finished article, he has an edge to his game that few in the current squad possess.
Bears will be hoping that even in these unprecedented times, payouts from the SPFL, Europa League prize money and a lucrative new kit deal will ensure there is enough money to spend.