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Chris Sutton: 'Rangers boss Steven Gerrard needs £20m to compete with Celtic'

Sutton: 'Gers needs £20m to catch Celtic'
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Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton says that Rangers must back Steven Gerrard with at least £20m to help him compete with the Hoops.

Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton has declared that Rangers will need to back new manager Steven Gerrard with at least £20m to have any chance of competing with his former club.

The Englishman's comments follow confirmation from Gers owner Dave King that the Ibrox outfit is aiming to raise £6m for summer recruitment in a share issue.

Sutton has warned Rangers that this figure will be nowhere near enough for Gerrard to build a team that can dethrone the Hoops.

"If you've got a share issue why stop at £6m? Why not say more? Why not say £10m, £12m?" Sutton told BT Sport.

"If they're raising £6m, it's not enough. Absolutely not. I think they need £20m, £30m. They need serious investment to compete with Celtic.

"I find that hard to believe. I would be shocked if Steven Gerrard has come up and he has that little in the kitty.

"This is the biggest issue, bar none that Steven Gerrard has. Steven said he would change 13, 14 players yesterday but he can't change that many, absolutely not."

Reports suggest that Gerrard could make either his former Liverpool teammate Martin Skrtel or current Reds striker Dominic Solanke his first Rangers signing.


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