This morning Steven Gerrard has been linked again with Liverpool’s Ryan Kent. The 21-year winger is said to be close to a loan move to Ibrox, with Gerrard most likely interested in his ambidextrous versatility in being equally adept on either side.
However, with yet another attacking player potentially arriving, should this area of the side be the priority?
Without doubt, creativity is lacking at Rangers – just two goals scored in 180 minutes and a slight lack of good opportunities in the second leg must be addressed, and few can complain when our manager works on doing that.
His admission following the turgid draw in Macedonia was the concession a real lack of quality existed up front, and to his credit he is trying to address that by bringing in guys like Kent.
But, there is a risk of another position being saturated, if it isn’t already.
In defensive midfield Greg Docherty has already asked to leave on loan due to excessive competition for one, maybe two slots. Ahead of him the young Scot faces Jordan Rossiter, Ryan Jack, Ross McCrorie, Lassana Coulibaly and bizarrely Andy Halliday for the deep berth. Six players for a single position does seem a little extreme.
And its counterpart on the wing is a little scrappy too – secure Kent and Rangers will have Ryan Kent, Josh Windass, Daniel Candeias, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria and Glenn Middleton to name just seven options for the wing areas, which again seems a little over the top.
Meanwhile defence remains much improved with three clean sheets in a row but for now still only furnished with two decent centre backs, while striking options continue to be at a premium.
The squad balance clearly needs work – a bit overly thin up top and at the rear, while individual positions elsewhere get arguably saturated with one too many options.
If Kent does arrive he is another decent option for the channels, and his CV sure isn’t bad. We were sceptical about Ovie Ejaria’s arrival and so far he’s made us look stupid with great displays.
We’re also sure Gerrard is working hard behind the scenes to get men in at the areas we’re weaker in like defence and striker. But currently the balance of the squad does seem a little…odd, to put it that way.