In the summer, ex-Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha made signing more defenders a top priority. He…
For many Rangers fans the answer to the headline of this article would be; a new board. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem like a possibility at present so the Ibrox faithful will have to settle for on-field reinforcements.
To say Rangers have suffered a frustrating and inconsistent season would be putting it lightly. They struggled under Pedro Caixinha, so much so they couldn’t win three games in a row under the guidance of the Portuguese manager. Caretaker, now turned permanent, manager Graeme Murty broke the three game hoodoo, but has still suffered disappointing defeats to Hamilton, Dundee, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock.
Caixinha spent a sizeable chunk of cash in the summer, but only a handful of his signings have come good.
Bottom line, you could go through this Rangers side front to back and find numerous positions that could do with fresh faces. They need some fight in midfield, but are also short of wingers and a reliable number ten. The likes of Jordan Jones and Jamie Walker could be useful signings to solve the aforementioned problems.
That said, the formerly estranged Michael O’Halloran could potentially feel like a new signing for Rangers when he returns to the club from his loan spell at St Johnstone.
Conversely, it’s the Rangers backline that needs shored up. No team has chucked away more points this season from a winning position than Murty’s side. On five occasions they’ve been leading a match only to be pegged back or defeated. Moreover, Rangers also have an obvious weakness as they are susceptible to losing goals from crosses.
Rangers need a centre-back. Bruno Alves perhaps hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he is 36-years-old after all. When he and Danny Wilson are playing there’s a distinct lack of pace in the heart of Rangers’ defence.
Ross McCrorie continues to impress this season, but has looked more impressive in a holding midfield role than in central defence. By signing another centre-back it allows Rangers to play McCrorie in front of the defence and have someone to pair with either Wilson or Alves.
Of course the Ibrox side also have David Bates and Fabio Cardoso at their disposal in this position. Cardoso hasn’t been able to nail down a place in the team. Quite honestly, if Rangers want to have a more solid backline going forward then Cardoso and Bates aren’t the answers.
Lee Wallace’s injury has also highlighted Lee Hodson’s lack of quality. Rangers have looked weak down the left-hand side. If Declan John is to be used as a winger going forward Mark Allen must find some better back up for the club captain.
Jack Hendry has impressed at Dundee this season and could bring some much-needed pace to the Rangers backline. The 22-year-old has shown he’s more than capable of performing in the Scottish Premiership and could benefit from playing alongside and learning from an experienced international like Bruno Alves.
Hendry is on Rangers’ radar, the only problem is he’s also on the radar of Celtic as a well as host of English clubs. If they were to miss out Rangers would want someone of a similar ilk. A younger player with pace and power who can cement his place in the Ibrox side for seasons to come.
Mark Allen has identified the targets that have been “rubber-stamped by the new manager.”
He said: “Ultimately the manager has to decide on those players. The scouting team will identify players, they will identify characteristics of players we want to play for Rangers but ultimately it is the manager who says ‘I’m going to play that player’, so it has to be he who makes that decision.”