Former Rangers star Gordon Smith thinks Mark Warburton’s signing policy is a “short-term” fix to the club’s problems and compared it with Celtic, who he feels can snap up players in their prime.

Warburton signed as many as 11 players in the summer, with Rangers returning to the Scottish Premiership for the first time since they had to start life in the fourth tier, following their liquidation in 2012.

Amongst Warburton’s signings were the likes of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Philippe Senderos, who are in their thirties and are widely considered past their prime.

And Smith, who is of the opinion that Rangers will not benefit in the long-run with such signings, however, understands that a lack of funds forced Warburton to go after Barton and company.

“It is a short-term fix”, Smith was quoted as saying by the Herald Scotland.


“If you are going to try and get a level of player at the peak of their career then you have to spend money and Rangers aren’t spending that kind of money.

“You are looking to bring in key players with experience and you are going to get them at a cheaper rate because they are at the end of their careers.

"There won’t be a sell-on with a number of the players.

“He realised he needed experience in key positions and that is where they did fall down a bit in the past. If he had the money, he might have spent a bit."

And Smith compared what Rangers can do compared to their fierce rivals Celtic.

“Celtic have the money that they can buy players that are in the summer or autumn of their careers rather than the winter.”

Rangers, who are currently second in the Scottish Premiership with eight points from four games, will next face league leaders Celtic in an away clash on Saturday.

Both teams are yet to lose a league game in the current campaign.