Date: 1st October 2017 at 1:48pm
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Celtic legend Davie Provan believes that Rangers would have needed to spend £80million during the recent summer transfer window in order to contend with the likes of Celtic for the title. 

The Hoops currently remain unbeaten in all domestic competitions and recently secured a 2-0 victory over Pedro Caixinha’s side during the first Old Firm clash of the season.

The Light Blues recruited eight permanent signings and another three loanees over the summer which came to a total of around £8million.

Scottish football expert Davie Provan has delivered his verdict on the Gers boss and believes that the Aberdeen manager would’ve been a better fit at Ibrox.

“It beggars belief Gers ignored Derek McInnes in favour of Caixinha,” Provan wrote in the Scottish Sun column.

“McInnes knows the club, the Scottish game and has proved himself a sound judge of the transfer market. At a time Rangers needed value for money, McInnes ticked every box.

“But if Caixinha’s arrival was straight out of left field, some of the criticism of him has been brainless.

“His £8million summer spend has been used as a rod for his back. That money might get you an average full-back in the English Championship.

“Rangers would have needed £80m to give Celtic a run for their money.”

Celtic are currently sat at the top of the Premiership table ahead of Aberdeen on goal difference following their 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday, while Rangers are sat six points behind in third place.


Provan is incredibly correct in his analogy of Caixinha’s summer spending as although he made a number of signings during his first transfer window, the total spending is the equivalent to one player in the Championship or some of the lower ranking Premier League clubs. The club must focus on pushing towards Celtic as much as they can, but its unlikely that the Light Blues will catch Brendan Rodgers’ side anytime soon.