ALLY McCOIST has a simple solution for Sevco Rangers to end Celtic’s domestic domination – hand new boss Steven Gerrard a MINIMUM of £30million for new players.
He believes that sort of transfer war chest will see the club’s fourth manager in two years overthrow the champions and welcome a new era in Govan.
McCoist, who got the boot from the job in 2011 after just three years in the hot seat, is adamant the new manager must be backed by dodgy Dave King and his board as he prepares to take on his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
And Ally also admitted he would only keep “three or four” of the current squad if his old team are to put in a serious bid for the Premiership title.
Gerrard, who agreed a four-year deal and will have former Scotland international captain and Anfield team-mate Gary McAllister as his assistant, revealed he didn’t believe delving into the transfer market was an immediate priority.
But McCoist disagreed and said: “Make no mistake about it, recruitment IS the most important thing over the next two months of his job.
“There is absolutely no doubt about that. But I get where he is coming from. He doesn’t want to do the players who are there at the moment a disservice.
“Clearly, though, he is saying he is going to have a look at the staff and I get that, too. But, listen, recruitment is absolutely imperative.
“For Rangers to go and win the league next year, he’ll need £25million to £30million, minimum.
“He has to be backed and he wouldn’t have taken the job if he didn’t trust the board. But he has to be backed financially.
“Whether it’s to get in (loan) players of the quality of Patrick Roberts, I mean that type of player, or does he go and pay fees for top quality players?
“That decision and that conversation will have to be made with the board.
“Rangers will have to raise money, whether it comes from investment or a share issue time will tell.”
McCoist added: “The whole thing is box office, it has put Scottish football back on the map and it’s a brilliant time to be involved.
“On current form, though, you have to say a lot of money has been wasted on some of the players who have come in and Rangers can’t afford to make those mistakes again.
“Of the current squad, to go and win the league, I would keep maybe three or four.
“But recruitment is the most imperative thing for Steven Gerrard to move Rangers forward.”
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