Pedro Caixinha has predicted a bright future for Rangers after presenting his summer wish list to the Ibrox board.
The Gers manager held a meeting with club chiefs on Thursday in which he outlined his vision for his Light Blues rebuilding job.
The Portuguese coach was trying to paint a rosier picture for the beleaguered Ibrox faithful after last week’s humiliating 5-1 drubbing by Celtic.
While he would not discuss how many players he thinks are required for Gers to challenge Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Hoops, he did confess a clear-out will be required.
And Caixinha - who has already revealed he will tell his players next week whether they are part of his plans for next season - insists he has been given assurances of financial backing from Dave King’s board.
Asked if he had been given an indication of his budget for next term, he replied: “Yesterday we held a meeting, a technical staff meeting with all the board and all the departments of the club. I can just tell you that I’m very confident about it.
“We presented our players plan and I’m really happy and confident about that because I know things are getting in that direction.
“It’s a realistic [list of names] in order to bring what we need. That makes me very happy about the future.
“If things continue like this, what we call the core of the team, we will be happy with it.
“We know what we can invest, we know what we are looking for and let me tell you that is not a small amount. But it is realistic with regards to the situation we are passing.
“Will it involve a big turnaround in players? Maybe. That’s why I’m taking about a new core.”
When asked if the club would be prepared to sanction a transfer fee in the region of £1million to land one of his targets, Caixinha replied: “Totally. If we have that need and that player is really a core player, we need to go for it.
“I know our board are covering me totally in this situation and that for me is what matters.
“The core of the team is presented [to the board], we’re working on it, and it’s not a question of money.
“Some money needs to be invested but it’s not a question of how much money.”