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Ex-Celtic man Darren Jackson shares what would make Rangers fans happy

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Do Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers need more Scottish quality? The former Celtic striker believes so.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match

Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson has suggested to The Glasgow Evening Times that Rangers fans would be happy with a sense of progression next season, but wonders whether Pedro Caixinha has enough Scottish players in his ranks.

Rangers have already began planning to bridge the huge gap between themselves and their Old Firm rivals after Celtic finished 39 points ahead of them last season en route to winning the Scottish Premiership.

Portuguese manager Caixinha has signed five players this summer - Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Daniel Candeias - and plenty more are expected to follow the quintet to Ibrox this week.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands with Pedro Mendes

It seems like the majority of their pre-season recruits are set to be foreign imports and Jackson, who spent two years at Parkhead, wonders whether or not the Gers need more Scottish talent if they are to compete with Brendan Rodgers's side.

“Can a team gel that quick?” said Jackson to The GET. “The year we stopped 10-in-a-row there were a few Scottish boys in there, and I think you need a good core of Scottish boys who know what it’s about and can speak to the other players to let them know.

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“I'm not comparing but, when you see Celtic with Tierney, Brown, Griffiths, Armstrong, McGregor, Forrest and Gordon, there is a core there who are very, very good.

“Rangers fans and Celtic fans will never accept second-best, but if Rangers fans can see improvement this season and see that the club is going forward, then I think they’d be happy with that.”

Rangers do have the likes of Lee Wallace, Barrie McKay, Andy Halliday and Kenny Miller, but are they as influential on the pitch for the Ibrox club as some of the names which Jackson mentioned? Perhaps not.

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