If there’s one fun thing about the summer window, it’s compiling a ‘new look’ Rangers XI based on the new players.
When additions come in, where will they start, who drops out, and what formation will the manager adopt?
Of course, Gio will do his job infinitely better than we can guess, but nevertheless, what possible XI do Rangers have as things stand, and is it stronger than last season?
In goal, it’s currently Jon McLaughlin who seems to be the most prominent, but that one is a guess given he’s up against McGregor.
In defence, Tavernier is surely going to be first choice again, but Mateusz Zukowski has REALLY worked on himself this year and will expect to have a say.
Defence? It’s Goldson, Souttar, Bassey and Barisic, with a nod to Katic and Helander.
Midfield? Lundstram and Jack or Kamara with Davo as backup.
Wings/advanced midfield? This is where things get interesting. Kent on the left, but we now have Tom Lawrence, Aribo is gone, Hagi is out, Lowry may not be fully ready yet physically, while on the right Rabbi Matondo will surely play.
Up front? Morelos isn’t fit so isn’t in the picture yet, and the remaining options are Colak, Sakala and the enigma of Roofe.
McLaughlin; Tavernier; Goldson, Souttar, Bassey; Lundstram, Jack; Kent, Lawrence, Matondo; Colak.
Now, this depends on fitness, and there’s every chance Souttar and Jack will not be reliable in that way, in which case Katic for Souttar and Kamara for Jack.
But it’s good for Gio now to have lots of options – except, sadly, up front and in attacking midfield. Work needed there.
As for strength – yes – having more quality depth means stronger overall, and we can’t complain about that.