Kris Boyd suggests how many signings Rangers will need to close gap to Celtic

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox...

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are currently second in the Scottish Premiership, seven points back of Celtic.

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock during the Betfred Cup First Round between Kilmarnock Football Club and Morton at Rugby Park on July 23, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Kris Boyd has told The Scottish Sun that he is not buying the idea that Celtic are untouchable in the Scottish Premiership, and suggested that it may take as few as five signings for Rangers to close the gap to their bitter rivals.

Rangers seem to finally be on the verge of establishing themselves as the Hoops' nearest challengers in the top flight, with back to back victories over Aberdeen seeing the Gers move ahead of the Dons and into second in the table.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It appears unlikely however, that they will be able to catch Brendan Rodgers' men, with the Bhoys still unbeaten in domestic competition since he arrived and seven points clear of their Old Firm foes with a game in hand.

But Boyd is optimistic for his old side that talk of 10 titles in a row for Celtic is not a formality - suggesting how many signings Rangers may need to start putting pressure on the league leaders.

"Sure, Celtic are a good way in front but I don’t buy the idea they are untouchable," he told The Scottish Sun.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox...

"It doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul at Ibrox.

"They don’t need to sign a dozen new players to close the gap — five or six could be enough.

"It will still take a bit of time and there has to be realistic targets."

Unfortunately for Rangers fans, the challenge for them will be making sure that the five or six signings they need to make in Boyd's eyes are good enough to make an impact and help close the gap.

The Gers' transfer record since they returned to the top flight is arguably sketchy, and every window that passes where they do not get it right arguably leaves the door open for Celtic to extend their advantage as they have trophies and European football to offer potential targets. 

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