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Dave King: Rangers in "tangible reach" of being dominant force in Scottish football again. Really Dave?

Rangers new manager Steven Gerrard (left) shakes hands with Dave King (right) during a press conference at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow on Friday May 4, 2018
Andy Newport

Rangers chairman Dave King raised eyebrows this week when he claimed the Ibrox side were now within "tangible reach" of becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.

Celtic supporters were quick to scoff at the Gers chief's bold boast - issued in an open letter as he announced a five per cent price hike on season tickets - as their side close in on an eighth successive league title and unprecedented triple treble.

Here we take a look at the numbers to see how King's claim stacks up.:..

8 - years since Rangers last lifted a major piece of silverware, the 2011 Scottish Premier League title.

In that time Celtic have racked up 15 trophy successes, with two more possible before the end of the current campaign as they chase a historic third domestic clean sweep.

11 - points the Light Blues currently lag behind the Parkhead champions-elect in this year's Ladbrokes title race with five games remaining.

73 - goals Steven Gerrard's squad have fired on league duty this season, which is two more than their bitter foes.

1 - solitary Old Firm victory is all Rangers have mustered since returning to the top flight in 2016.

The Glasgow giants have squared off 14 times in total since then, with the Hoops holding a 33-8 aggregate lead.

439 - caps currently held by 16 first-team Gers players. Their Parkhead rivals can boast 21 full internationals with a combined 546 appearances for their countries.

£15.1million - was the total first-team wage bill at Ibrox during the 2017/18 season, with the rest of the club's workforce earning a combined £9m according to the most recent available figures.

Celtic's labour costs for the same campaign were £59m, with the vast majority of that going on the playing staff.

£2.8million - is how much cash Rangers raised through the sale of players last summer.

Celtic were able to splash out a club-record £8million fee on Odsonne Eduoard and still post a transfer profit of £17.6m for the six months up to December 31.

Zero - King hopes this season's run to the Europa League will help take the club to the break-even point by the end of the season.

Celtic, meanwhile, announced last month that they "now expect to exceed market expectations for the current financial year" after banking a reported £9m in compensation from allowing boss Brendan Rodgers to join Leicester.

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