Stuart McCall suggests how Rangers' promotion could impact Celtic's summer transfer business

Stuart McCall believes Celtic must strengthen in order to deal with Rangers.

Former Rangers boss Stuart McCall has told The Scottish Herald that he thinks Rangers' imminent promotion will force Celtic to make new and improved signings.

Rangers sit 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership having lost just twice in the league so far this season, with manager Mark Warburton earning plenty of plaudits.

Warburton is on the verge of winning promotion to the top flight, handing the Gers a return to play alongside Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

The two sides meet in the Scottish Cup next month, and the upcoming game between the two sides has stoked debates over who has the better squad, despite Celtic sitting top of the league above Rangers.

Now, former Rangers boss Stuart McCall, who left Ibrox at the end of last season, has told The Scottish Herald that he thinks Celtic will have to strengthen considerably to deal with Rangers.

McCall believes that Celtic will lose the likes of James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew, and thinks the Bhoys must make changes both in and out, suggesting that they currently have too many bodies in their squad.

McCall also thinks that Rangers will have some spending power behind them with Dave King as well as through hospitality packages, and thinks Warburton's men will pose a real challenge to Celtic's recent dominance of Scottish football.

"There’s no doubt Rangers have got real momentum now," said McCall. "Hearts and Aberdeen are getting stronger too so it’s got the makings of a really good season. It all depends what happens in the summer. Rangers will have lots of sell-outs next season and with things like corporate hospitality their finances will be strong again."

"It was only two months ago Rangers punters were saying they hadn’t spent enough money, but they spent what they needed to. I remember saying to Dave King at the time that you don’t need to spend fortunes to get out of the Championship."

“You don’t have to go and throw loads and loads of money and pay massive wages to get out of that division, you can wait until you are up there. I think Celtic will have to strengthen. It looks like James Forrest will move on and Charlie Mulgrew hasn’t been offered a new deal, so there will be changes there. They’ve got a lot of bodies," he added.

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