Steven Gerrard has a lot of work on his plate this summer

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 19: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Rangers look to next season, albeit there’s still a Scottish cup up for grabs, nevertheless as brilliant as 20/21 was, resting on laurels is not a wise move and Rangers must continue to strengthen.

Ibrox Noise brings you our picks for key changes/positions which need work and TLC this summer.

Please note, there will be conjecture in here, based on what we see – up to you if you disagree or agree!

Goals:

We have three goalies – McGregor, McLaughlin and McCrorie. McGregor is likely to remain our stopper next season, but he’s remaining tight lipped on it. But if all is pure and holy, our present three will remain as is for next campaign.

Defence:

James Tavernier is going nowhere, unless a massive bid arrives, and he has an understudy in the promising Nathan Patterson. For now, RB needs no work.

CB, as we discussed earlier, is in a little flux, with Balogun’s deal expiring, and Katic’s fitness up in the air. Simpson too is a little unfamiliar, and even Connor Goldson is vulnerable to some potential bids. Helander is subject to interest down south as well. We also have Edmundson still on our books. Will require some TLC.

LB lacks depth – Barisic is by no means guaranteed to stay especially if a good bid arrives, while his understudy is nowhere near good enough in Bassey. Work needed here.

Midfield:

This is another area of management – Steven Davis is wonderful but cannot be overused. Ryan Jack’s fitness is utterly unreliable, and Glen Kamara is vulnerable to a sale. Meanwhile Bongani Zungu hasn’t impressed. Some potential housekeeping needed here.

Attacking midfield:

Scott Arfield is great, and will be a big player next season. Joe Aribo is coming onto a game and starting to impress himself firmly, while Ianis Hagi is at the centre of interest especially from Lazio. Less work needed here, we do have quality in this area. We also have young NYC and Kai Kennedy to promote from the reserves.

Wings:

Ryan Kent is just sensational and at his best unplayable. Scott Wright is a new recruit and has looked promising but we can’t say much else. While Kemar Roofe is really the only option for the right wing. And even he isn’t a serious right winger. Plus he’s always injured. Jordan Jones has only a slim chance of being wanted again by Stevie. So we’d have to say a little work here would be useful.

Up front:

So, we have Morelos, Itten, and the likely outgoing Defoe. Morelos is also vulnerable to a sale, and Itten isn’t firmly proven yet. No denying a LOT of work needed up front – strikers didn’t score enough last season.

So yes, a lot of work will be needed this summer due to the flux.

Contracts ending, players potentially retiring, some big sales made, and a few players whose Rangers contributions are mostly potential.

This is not to say we need to replace the squad, but complacency won’t do either. Can’t go into the new season with the same squad without some tweaking and tinkering.

Conclusion:

Goals – no work.

Defence – a new LB

CM – at least one new mid.

AM – is fine

Wings – new winger for the right

Striker – potentially one, maybe even two new strikers.

In short – housekeeping required but the building is in great condition.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I wouldn’t give up on Bassey yet. He had impressed up until his St Mirren nightmare and is still young. Simpson also played left back at Bournemouth and I’m told performed better there. I think defensive midfield is ok (don’t forget we have the Bouremouth guy joining) but would like to see a goal scoring attacking midfield player, especially one that likes to shoot from distance. At the moment we are too predictable trying to walk the ball into the net. If we sell Morelos we definitely need to replace him, ideally with a similar bustling style but a bit more consistent and reliable. Defoe may leave, Roofe is injury prone, and Itten hasn’t proved he can put a run together. We could also do with a Kent alternative if it’s not to be Wright.
    In short if no one leaves then we need an attacking midfield player, winger and a striker.

  2. Agree with most of your review guys . I think Morelos will stay for another season obviously unless a proper bid is made. I think Kamara will be the one to leave for possibly West Ham or that level, he has the poise for EPL football . Goldson too is well liked down in England . I agree too with Robrob57 he makes a fair point about Bassey he is very young and has some potential . Yes another option re Morelos with his presence and strength . Barasic either replacement or back up . I like Edmundson he too has potential . Wright needs to step up , remember he’s still in shock coming from the Sheep !!. Helander our best technical defender .

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