Heart of Midlothian manager Robbie Neilson has told The Glasgow Evening Times that Rangers would need to spend money in the summer transfer window in order to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.
Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment and are on the verge of getting automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Meanwhile, Celtic are set to win the league title in the top flight of Scottish football for the fifth season in a row.
Hearts, who got promoted to the Premiership from the Championship at the end of last season, are third in the standings at the moment.
Neilson believes that it would be tough for Rangers to compete with Celtic for the league title next season if they do not spend money in the summer transfer window on quality players.
“Rangers’ budget at the moment will about about £7 million or £8 million,” Neilson told The Glasgow Evening Times. “Celtic’s will be £24 million, maybe.
“It’s a huge divide. So are Rangers going to come in and hit that right away to try to get level with them? If they do, it’s going to be hard for the rest of us to compete.
“Mark Warburton is coming up from the Championship and there is a huge gulf between the Championship and playing in the top flight.
"Can Rangers compete for the title right away? I feel it will be very difficult for them. I think they’ll need to invest heavily – and I think they will."
It will be hard for Rangers to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season, but perhaps a couple of top-quality players would change that.
Celtic are also likely to invest in their squad in the summer in order to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, and that is going to make it even harder for Rangers.