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THE fact Rangers need major investment in January wasn't up for debate yesterday.

And the Light Blue legions also seem to believe Mark Warburton is not the best man to splash any cash.

Chairman Dave King promised to spend whatever it takes to challenge Celtic and the general view is that cash is needed as quickly as possible.

The Hoops might have won by a single goal but that didn't tell the story of the gulf between the sides in their Betfred Cup semi-final - and Warburton's claim that the gap has narrowed since the 5-1 defeat at Parkhead was dismissed by hurting Gers fans.

Ian Loudon said: "We got off lightly at 1-0. I have to say the signings of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Joe Garner have been terrible. I'm not convinced by Warburton, the so-called Magic Hat."

Charlie Goldie, Glasgow, said: "Warburton is delusional. He thinks he has star players but they are worth nothing and couldn't get a game in England.

"It costs money to improve a team and Rangers don't have the cash needed to fight Celtic. Rangers are falling apart and King is nowhere to be seen."

Gordon Hendry, Ochiltree, said: "I'm disappointed in Warburton's comments.

"Matt Gilks saved us from another drubbing. The manager badly needs to invest in the team in January but after spending PS1.8million on a player from Preston who is no better than Nicky Clark, I'm not sure if the board will trust him."

John Campbell, Clydebank, said: "Warburton has questions to answer. They resorted to long balls. Plan B isn't much better than Plan A. "We're too predictable and can't mix it up. There is a big gulf in the quality of players and if Rangers don't buy in January then they can kiss goodbye to second place because Aberdeen and Hearts are stronger."

Mal Carruthers, Troon, said: "Warburton isn't a Rangers manager. We need someone like John Brown or Richard Gough to be there in some sort of capacity."

Paddy Purcell emailed: "Mark Warburton is trying to convince himself that the gap between the Old Firm sides has narrowed.

"Celtic were even more dominant than in the 5-1 win at Parkhead and it was only a world class display by Matt Gilks that kept the scoreline down."

Jim Eadie, Glasgow, said: "Warburton was wrong with his post-match comments. He can't kid the fans on - there was a big gulf in quality. Celtic aren't great but Rangers made them look good."

The only person criticised as much as Warburton after Sunday's clash was referee Craig Thomson who blundered by chalking off Erik Sviatchenko's goal.

Christopher Currie, Stevenston, said: "Thomson's display was one of the most diabolical I've ever witnessed. Most Cetic fans knew before the game there would be dubious decisions. We weren't wrong.

"He chopped a perfectly good goal off and almost every 50-50 decision went the way of Rangers. He should never be given another Old Firm match and certainly no cup finals."

Michael Sheerin, Liverpool, said: "Thomson should never referee another Old Firm match. He had an absolute shocker."

But Ian Stewart, Rosyth, said: "Thomson got a lot of criticism but why not give stick to the players who were cheating like Clint Hill and Moussa Dembele?" Celtic now face Aberdeen in the final with the Dons looking for a 50-50 split of tickets.

Mick Douglas, Wishaw, said: "Once again the issue of how tickets will be split for a final comes up.

"Hampden isn't big enough for major games. Wales, with a smaller population, have a national stadium with a capacity of over 70,000. Scotland will never hold the Champions League Final again as long as we use Hampden. The atmosphere is also terrible."

CALL THE HOTLINE TODAY BETWEEN 11 AND 12 NOON ON: 0141 309 3306 or email us: hotline@dailyrecord.co.uk QUOTE OF THE DAY 'It costs money to improve a team and Gers don't have cash needed to fight Celtic. They're falling apart and King is nowhere to be seen'
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 25, 2016
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