FORMER Rangers boss Mark Warburton has urged the Ibrox board to issue a statement outlining how they intend to catch Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have won nine of their last 11 Glasgow derbies with the other two ending in draws.

Last month they faced Warburton’s old team twice and hammered them on both occasions – winning 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden and 5-0 in the Premiership at Parkhead on Sunday on their way to their seventh successive title success.

Warburton, who was thumped 5-1 in his first league game against the Hoops, left the Govan outfit in February last year in controversial circumstances.

His successor, Pedro Caixinha was axed in October and caretaker Graeme Murty, who stepped in twice after their departures, was fired yesterday.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he has held initial talks with the club about taking over.

But Warburton, who lost his job at Nottingham Forest on Hogmanay, believes whoever is Rangers manager will struggle if there is no clear strategy to challenge the Parkhead men’s dominance and financial power.

He said: “I think you want the board to come out and give the fans a realistic timetable of when they are going to close the gap and go ahead of Celtic.

“Every time Celtic go in the Champions League, X amount of million pounds lands in the Celtic coffers – that is the fact of it.

“To close that gap when Celtic are doing so well makes it so difficult for any club to achieve that.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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