Speaking to the Herald, Boyd admitted that Rangers are far off Celtic, and will keep getting further away whilst the Bhoys compete in the Champions League making them able to sign better players.
The treble winning captain“Look at where Celtic are just now and where Rangers are. [If you get into the Champions League] you can then get better players and I don't see that over the other side just now. I don't see how you can attract better players to the Championship unless you are doing what you did previously and that is paying [players] over the odds.
“My take on it is that it will take a right good few years before they even come close.”
Whilst these may be disappointing comments for Rangers fans to hear, they are undoubtedly truthful ones.
With the reputation of Scottish football being what it is, the only way teams can sign European players is by having Champions League football to play. This is why Celtic, who continually win the league, are able to attract players who are wanted in other, more respected, leagues.
Rangers, although a respected name in world football, cannot offer Europe’s elite competition, and have been overpaying on players to get them to drop down into the Championship.
This has not worked, as they remain in the second tier, but even if they had managed to win promotion, it would be hard to see them realistically competing with the Bhoys until signing the same calibre of player.
Yet, they will not be able to sign this type of player until playing in the Champions League, and to do that, they have to topple Celtic’s hold on the Premiership, and win the league title.
It is a league system that is intended to keep the successful teams where they are, and Rangers may have to reinvent themselves with a groundbreaking philosophy to find a new way to get back into the top flight - and then win the league title.