Rangers BADLY need a new centre back

Rangers BADLY need a new centre back
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 20: Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian FC and Rangers FC at on August 20, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last night we saw Rangers’ rearguard truly exposed for the mess that it is, as Queen of the South, the 12th-worst team in Scotland, scored against our reserves.

Look, the signs were obvious. If there is no Goldson or Sands, we literally have no defenders. They are the only two fit and available CBs in the entire squad at present. And one of them is a midfielder! A gamble we don’t need, visit this page for more.

Which makes the apparent decision to dump Niko Katic even more bizarre.

We get that Gio likes a lefty and a righty, but if we remove the two current first picks, there’s absolutely no one else.

Leon King is still a bit raw, and that’s all there is.

John Souttar and Ben Davies have issues, Filip Helander is injured until further notice and Leon Balogun plays for the other Rangers now.

So Katic would have been very handy as a reserve, as depth, but instead, we saw Ryan Jack as a CB last night.

Fair play, we got through but the defence wasn’t convincing. And that’s the point – the reserve depth isn’t there, and we have no options to bring on if we lose a man.

And we’ll have even less when Katic leaves, as is looking inevitable, whether it’s to Haifa, or Zurich, or anyone else.

It’s not all doom and gloom, we’re not in the worst place we’ve ever been, but there’s a feeling we’re just a bit thin throughout the squad for depth, with just one striker, an aging midfield, and a lack of CBs.

If Gio thinks it’s enough going forward, we kowtow to his judgement.

But we can’t help feeling we’re one more injury away from a crisis.

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  1. It’s been like this all season and even at the end of last season. Its not enough cover of quality , not just numbers . Katic is a good CH he is not classy but is effective , however GVB doesn’t want him so its his decisions that will decide our season. We can’t limp along with the current status he must know that so let’s hope there is a plan for at least 3 or more new signings .

  2. I said at the start of the season the spine had to be strengthend ,with gk,defence,midfielder needed and morelos acting the arse now NOTHING has changed my opinion.
    Decent defensive cover and a top goalie is now URGENTLY needed ,with rangers being financially comfortable now ,it has to be addresed, a very big mistake if not, which COULD come back to bite them later in season …..hopefully not ! .

  3. That’s three transfer windows that we have been short changed, probably by the board, Gerrard in one and GVB in this one. Last season it cost us the league and possibly the Europa League Final. Leaving us weak, exposed in key areas Centre of Defence & Strikers. We are recruiting players on Bosmans and £2/4 million. Celtic are 4 times that on individual players. Surely we can’t still be short of funds?

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