Andy Halliday has insisted Rangers can smash Celtic’s 10-in-a-row dream – if they can add another three signings of the quality of Ianis Hagi.

The departing Ibrox star is in no doubt Steven Gerrard is the man to take the Light Blues forward and believes for the first half of this season they were more than a match for Neil Lennon’s Hoops.

The lifelong Rangers fan knows the importance of his team winning this title to stop their Glasgow rivals from setting a new record for consecutive
top-flight titles.

Halliday believes it has been a major coup signing Hagi on a permanent basis and knows if Gerrard can add a bit more talent and Rangers can show a bit more consistency then winning the league is more than possible.

The 28-year-old midfielder said: “Hagi is a great signing and if we get another two or three Hagis to go with the squad we have already got then I am hoping and confident that the club can do well.

“I do think we have a strong squad just now and it is those two, three or four bits of quality that can help us on our way.

“In terms of the staff who are there, I am in no doubt they are the people to take the club forward.

“The squad last season was really strong and maybe it was a bit too big but that is understandable because we were going into Europe and we were trying to be competitive in a lot of competitions.

“It is a huge season for Rangers but it is one I am confident they can be competitive and hopefully will win the league.”

Celtic were 13 points clear when this season was declared but Halliday insists nobody within Ibrox was giving up the fight – until the SPFL pulled the plug on the season. He said: “There were still two Old Firms games to go.

“I am not going to sit here and lie, Celtic were the favourites to win the title but Rangers have won two titles on the last game of the season.

“Rangers have been seven points clear and lost a title and so it was a never-say-never scenario.

“As players we always felt we could claw it back and were going to take it game by game.

“Then going into two Old Firm games, both must-wins, but the decision was taken out of our hands.

“It’s all guns blazing for Rangers going into next year now.”

Halliday also thinks Gers can take confidence from the first half of the season when they finished off by beating Celtic and could have gone top by winning their game in hand after the split.

He added: “If we show the form and consistency we showed in the first six months then 100 per cent [the league can be won].

“Celtic have been the best team in the country for a sustained period of time, since Brendan Rodgers went in they really kicked on.

“They went unbeaten and it was an incredible run that year and I don’t think the majority of Rangers teams from the past could cope going up against a team who were unbeaten because it had never been done before.

“But I think we are a lot better than we were back then and it is about us trying to close the gap as quickly as possible.

“I think last year we certainly did that for six months but then after January our form dipped. It is about showing that consistency for the full season.”

Ibrox fans were asking why their team’s form fell to bits after the winter break. Even Halliday struggles to answer that one. He said: “It is the magic question I’ve been asked by everyone.

“I certainly can’t put my finger on it because we went to Dubai had a great break and everybody trained really hard and came back raring to go.

“The first game was Stranraer and it was a 2-0 dogged performance but even in that game we didn’t play well.

“We went into the first league game and we didn’t play well and then we played Hearts and it was just a run we couldn’t snap out of.

“I remember going into the Braga game thinking if we could get a positive result it could see us turn and be playing like we did at the start of the season.

“We were unbelievable for the 180 minutes against Braga and I remember I thought that should be the tide turning.

“We just never recovered that form domestically and I can’t put my finger on it.

“If we get into that position this year then it is something we can’t do again.

“We certainly need to be a lot more consistent throughout the campaign than we were this season.”