With the transfer window just over four weeks away, attention has clearly turned in earnest already to additions. Greg Stewart and Jake Hastie are in the works, while Jordan Jones was confirmed in January.
But these guys all have one thing in common – they’re attackers.
Last summer, Steven Gerrard made defence a priority – he brought in Nikola Katic, Allan McGregor and Connor Goldson among his first recruits, later adding Borna Barisic and Gareth McAuley as well as Jon Flanagan.
But this summer, it is evident defence again requires surgery. Goldson has been far from convincing, Worrall will be leaving, McAuley won’t be renewed and Katic is only just returning from fringe status.
But, and here’s the thing – why are no major CBs being linked with arriving? We’ve already pretty much signed a new forward line, and there’s talk about Ryan Kent and Nick Powell, but the rear end, the most unconvincing and unsettled part of the team seems to be getting neglected.
One significant name has been Graeme Shinnie and he’s only a utility left back – in terms of CHs there really is a almost complete absence of named links being touted with a move to Ibrox.
The only exception of course is Hearts’ John Souttar, and his performance against us was average at best – hardly convincing and it may be back to the drawing board.
But we need that drawing board in the first place, and right now for an area we need to tweak at best or overhaul at worst, it’s about time we got on with it.