New boss McLeish sets sights on Celtic.
NEW Rangers manager Alex McLeish says he will make no wholesale changes in the playing staff as he seeks to achieve what Dick Advocaat failed to do - overcome Celtic for Scottish honours.
McLeish, whose appointment was confirmed last night, made no rash promises about overturning Celtic's Old Firm dominance instantly.
But it was clear the 42-year-old Glaswegian, a Rangers follower as a boy, regarded this as his number one priority.
And with the stakes as high as in any other footballing city across the globe, he conceded that he would be judged on results alone.
He said: "At this moment in time Rangers have a tremendous passing football team but it's going to take a little bit of time to evaluate the squad.
"I don't think it's an overnight job in terms of making changes.
The points difference between us and Celtic is something we must believe we can claw back."
O'Neill appears to have had an Indian sign over Advocaat, winning six of the last seven Old Firm clashes.
McLeish has inherited a squad that is accustomed to being second best in these games - but the new Ibrox boss reckons there is not much difference between the sides.
He said: "It's not Martin I will be fighting against. It's their team against our team.
"I realise that Martin has done a great job at Celtic. He's got a great team in every sense of the word.
"But I saw the last derby and thought Rangers were the better side. They didn't get the breaks.
"The bottom line is that we have got to get ahead of our biggest rivals."
Once Hibernian had agreed a compensation package to trigger the deal, McLeish signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to become the club's 11th manager.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 12, 2001|
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