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Big investment required for success at Rangers, says Johnston

By Andy Newport

Maurice Johnston has warned Rangers their Pedro Caixinha gamble is bound to fail unless they give the new boss money to play with.

The man who controversially crossed the Old Firm divide back in 1989 can barely believe the size of the gulf currently separating his old sides.

New Ibrox boss Caixinha has inherited a Rangers side languishing in third place in the Ladbrokes Premiership, 33 points behind Brendan Rodgers' rampant Celtic after the Old Firm draw at the weekend.

Johnston lives in the US and is aware of the Portuguese following his stint in charge of Mexican outfit Santos Laguna, but fears his lack of Scottish knowledge could hamper his efforts to rebuild Rangers.

The Gers board have promised the 46-year-old money to spend this summer. But Johnston fears they may never catch up unless major investment is delivered.

The former Scotland ace said: "He's a good coach. He spent a couple of years in Mexico and won three trophies. But he needs some money at Rangers.

"It's a huge gap he needs to close. I've been really impressed by the work Brendan Rodgers has done, but the gap is so big.

"It's a big gamble for Rangers because he really doesn't know much about Scottish football. I don't think you can prepare yourself for the Old Firm.

"Right now it's not possible to close that gap. Rangers are so far behind it's not even funny. They really need to spend, give the coach a little bit of finance and allow him to bring in better players to try and bridge this gap."

• FORMER Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he is "privileged" to have been appointed manager of Nottingham Forest.

The 54-year-old, who has brought ex-Ibrox assistant David Weir with him, said: "I'm delighted to be here; privileged. The job is very clear - to take the club back to where it needs to be."

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