Rangers finally to focus on problem area; reports

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 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If regular readers of Ibrox Noise know one thing, it is this site’s confusion that amidst all the restructuring of the first-team squad done this summer, the full-back slots have been left relatively untouched.

Sure, Hearts’ Callum Paterson was briefly linked before his trip to Cardiff, and Jose Abella appeared to be moving close for a while too, but by and large the left and right back slots have been left as you were, with Lee Wallace and Myles Beerman challenging for the left while the opposing flank saw James Tavernier and Lee Hodson vying for the slot.

However, increasing speculation is growing, especially over that right back slot, that manager Pedro Caixinha is looking, finally, to significantly bolster his options in those berths with claims James Tavernier is expendable at the right price while Lee Hodson continues to interest Charlton.

Tavernier especially is regarded as a significant weak link, having had a-near abysmal debut in the SPL, struggling for defensive reliability, quality going forward and generally failing to make the step up. Over the past 48 hours Preston North-End have been linked with a bid for him.

Hodson too does not appear to particularly be favoured as a first choice, rightly or wrongly, while on the left having only one truly experienced full back in the shape of Wallace is equally regarded as insufficient for a more serious assault on the SPL.

In short, reports are that both these flanks are now finally being looked at, and do not be surprised if there is some movement between now and the end of the window.

Naturally it would be difficult to secure anything meaningful before the European adventure gets underway, but given Rangers have secured eight (count ‘em) signings already this window inside just 22 days (technically speaking, the window opened on the 1st) it might not be impossible for this manager to do something inside a week.

However at least it seems Rangers’ weak spot is now finally being focused on – a decent FB or two would be most welcome.

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  1. Very happy they are now considering our weak spots by looking to get full backs i am sure if they do that then we will be much stronger

  2. I am with the manager we need to buy in more players i just get the feeling that Selltic are looking at what we are doing and they will up the ante and bring in there own top named player with a few more £30k a week players am not saying that if you are on £5/7/10k a week that you can not beat them what i am saying and it is just a gut feeling they are going go for a big name followed by two or three other players to add to what they have i hope we get in as much players as we can it looks like a great season ahead for us.

    • I still doubt Celtic have the money to do this. A lot of there top players and Rodgers are already paid via payments ffrom Desmond. And not that Desmond is under investigation for money laundering and maybe about to have all funds frozen, Celtic would be mad to start spending money they don't have jist to try and show off

  3. We need r/b & l/b how many games did we lose last season due to our f/bs they wanted to go forward but couldn't get back to defend. Hopefully Pedro will replace those no hopers

  4. Definitely agree….we NEED good defensive full-backs,if we dont,then we will struggle a lot.For first time since we were forced to drop the divisions,this season will be our most exciting.To ALL RANGERS fans…..ENJOY..!!

  5. Tavernier and Wallace might just be better players now that we have a couple of quality centre backs and a midfield and young Beerman looks to have potential. In fact, last season, Wallace was every bit as much of a liability as Tavernier although he was given less than no support from McKay. If we can secure a transfer fee for Hodson we should take it. He is the weakest of all three of our fullbacks.

  6. I rate Hodson, just don't think he's had a fair run of games.

    Whittaker might be useful for a season or two as he can play either flank but I'd see him challenge Tav or Hodson for RB

    Tony Gallacher at Falkirk would be good competition for Lee Wallace at LB. Tony is 17 and has played most of the games for a good Falkirk team last year, attracting scouts from Man Utd, Stoke and apparently Barcelona…

  7. Hey any one think we have got alot of strikers in now will KM still be our top striker he is the man to beat.

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