Richard Gough says Rangers would need to pay £30m for him today, highlights good point

The former Rangers hero was discussing the club's ability to lure players in their prime.

Rangers are on the way back to the Scottish Premiership next season after they won promotion from the Scottish Championship.

Of course now they are back in the big time they are set to be linked with plenty of new players, and some big names.

Just this week Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar have been linked with a move to Ibrox.

Both of those players are however available on the cheap and a former Rangers hero has now been speaking about the club’s ability to bring in talented players in their prime – just as they did with him in 1987.

The man in question is former Rangers star and Scotland international Richard Gough.

The defender told the Stornoway Gazette this week that for Rangers to bring a player like him to the club now, it would cost them a fee they would not be able to afford, especially with their recent financial issues:

"We won the league in 82/83 and it is getting back to that level again when Rangers and Celtic can’t get the top level of players like (Graeme) Souness did when he came in signing the then-England captain in Terry Butcher and me, Scotland captain.

“That could never happen now because it would cost maybe £30million to get me from Tottenham and £200,000 in wages for me so it’s not going to happen."

Gough’s point is clear. Rangers are not going to be able to bring in top players in their prime like they once did with the likes of himself, Terry Butcher and even Paul Gascoigne.

The club now rely on bringing through young players, signing experienced professionals and snapping up talent from Scottish rivals.

At the moment Mark Warburton is making that work. But whether or not it will prove successful when Champions League football returns to Ibrox remains to be seen.

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