Regulars will know from a previous Ibrox Noise interview with Rangers legend Richard Gough, that the former Govan captain takes absolutely no prisoners when it comes to his views, and we can tell you first hand few were as critical as Ibrox Noise of ex-manager Mark Warburton and his SPL tactics as Goughie was.
And the Swedish-born Ibrox legend has been pulling no punches recently with scathing assessments of where Rangers are these days.
Speaking to us prior to the most recent Old Firm, on his birthday no less, he just ‘hoped he was wrong’ with his expectation Rangers would lose, and he’s been speaking again today to the Scottish media admitting Celtic are miles ahead and Rangers have a lot of work to do.
In honesty, we’re not sure here. Tavernier has never struck us as much of a captain, and secretly we suspect his ego quite likes his personal stats. Gough is right though, you’re remembered for what you win, not how many goals you scored while losing.
He goes on:
It’s scathing, but it’s blunt, and it’s true. Celtic are clearly the better team, outfoxing Rangers all over the pitch. There are very few players at Rangers who are stronger than their Parkhead counterparts – Borna over Greg Taylor might be one good shout, and while Raskin and Cantwell are great so far, we’re not ready yet to say they’re definitively better than McGregor, Mooy or O’Riley. But beyond that?
Colak was coming onto a hell of a game till the ground was ripped from under him and that be that, but the rest are just not of the quality needed.
And it’s not just Ibrox Noise and Gough who think it, manager Michael Beale says it too. This morning he confirmed he wants another five high quality players, whereas in reality we know he wants around 10.
But the bottom line is wanting this and that is one thing, actually getting it right and overturning that 12-point gap is quite another.
Rangers have a harsh reality to face; we’re 12 behind and Celtic have all the money they pretty much need while they also have a much stronger squad.
We can really only see them skipping further away this summer, quite honestly.