WALTER SMITH has called on Rangers supremo Dave King to release the purse strings to give Mark Warburton much-needed funds to strengthen his squad.

The current Ibrox boss spent yesterday arranging a loan deal for Bournemouth’s Emerson Hyndman while hoping to finalise another for Arsenal’s Jon Toral.

Ex-gaffer Smith said: “Even allowing for Celtic’s circumstances in the early nineties, they still had some good players. They still had a decent enough team.

“I think the gap is bigger now than it was in those early stages. And some of the other Scottish teams – Hearts, Aberdeen and Dundee United – were far better then than they are at the moment.

“But for Rangers to get access to Champions League money, they may have to take a gamble and risk going into debt.

“It is easy to say Celtic will go on to win 10 in a row. But it is difficult to keep that level of success in any football club, so who can say?

“All you can say from a Rangers perspective, is everyone involved with the club knows what they have to do to get there.

“Everybody can make all the noises they want about being sensible, but it boils down to being prepared to take that gamble.

“Celtic have done that and their successes are outweighing their failures.

“The problem at Rangers is, you’ve got to do it. It’s the same if you’re a manager or a board member, you’ve got to find a way to win.

“A couple of the people who are there at the moment have been involved in the board at Rangers previously so they should know what it takes to make Rangers successful.

“So, that’s what they have to aim for and I’m sure they are doing that.”


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