Rangers icon Ally McCoist has responded to Dave King’s claim that the Gers were within “tangible reach” of overtaking Celtic – and thinks the Light Blues are still a bit behind their bitter rivals.

The Gers remain a similar amount of points behind Celtic as at this stage last season although did pick up their first league win over them since being kicked out of the SPL in 2012.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The club’s record goalscorer believes there’s been an improvement at Ibrox over the last 12 months but isn’t sure that Steven Gerrard’s side are capable quite yet.

“How do you define tangible reach?” McCoist asked, as quoted by Football Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Lee Rangers manager Ally McCoist kicks a ball during the Scottish League Cup Quarter final between Rangers and St Johnstoneat Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“There has definitely been an improvement, there is no doubt about that. But Celtic still look the better team by a bit.

 

“That said, Rangers won the Old Firm game before last and probably should have got something with 10 men last time (2-1 win for Celtic) but you just feel that if it came to the crunch that Celtic would have a wee bit too much for them.”

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With the Gers failing to reach any cup final this season and still lagging behind Celtic in the league, it’s probably worth taking King’s comments with a pinch of salt.

DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, issues instructions during the pre season friendly match between Derby County and Rangers at iPro Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Derby, England.

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Originally aimed as a marketing tool for season ticket renewals there’s definitely a bit of exaggeration going on in a bid to sell some more tickets.

Hopefully, though, those running the club aren’t quite as misplaced in their view of where we are just now as King’s comments suggest.