Only five Rangers players are good enough for next season

Only five Rangers players are good enough for next season
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: John Souttar of Rangers FC acknowledges the fans after the team's victory during the Cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A season-ending dead rubber victory against St Mirren might not have taught us a LOT, per se, but it did give some idea who is up for the fight next season, and who actually has the quality to back that up.

Ibrox Noise takes you through our ‘guaranteed’ starters of the current squad that we’d be comfortable with as first picks next campaign.

John Souttar:

He’s absolutely shone since returning. This lad is David Weir level if not more, and he’s a completely outstanding defender. He’s excelled more than any other Rangers stopper for years, making a mockery of the obsession some have with Connor Goldson, and while they will probably still disagree, Souttar has been close to flawless. Big, strong, quick, and actually a lot better on the ball than many believed, Souttar has shown he’s a Rangers-level defender, of the type older Bears recognise from yesteryear. We would have him as first name on the team sheet. If he can stay fit…

Ridvan Yilmaz:

He’s a Turkey international with experience of a much better league than the Scottish Premiership in the Super Lig, and he’s already done derbies back home. He’s seized his chance ahead of Borna, and while the £6M signing might not yet be as good on the cross yet, in every other aspect he exceeds the Croat. Quick, strong, able, Ridvan wasn’t signed by accident. The boy can play. Oh, and he was another one who actually shone in the Champions League, having a very good night in Napoli. He’s now our first choice.

Nicolas Raskin:

Goes without saying really, doesn’t it. He’s been great. Full of beans, lots of energy, but a much better technical player than his spiritual predecessor in Rino Gattuso. Raskin is destined for a bigger league than the SPL, and admits he would like in the future to play for our London brothers Chelsa, but for now, he’s very happy here and he’s absolutely shone since his signing from Liege.

Todd Cantwell:

No Rangers signing has made an impact this big at Ibrox since the halcyon days of Jelavic and Cuellar – Cantwell has been that good. Betrayed by his manager in playing a DM role at Hampden for the final, the ex-Norwich star has been a literal revelation since arriving otherwise, and we’d be very surprised if he can’t deliver in the Champions League as well. He’s been exceptional.

Antonio Colak:

From the forgotten man, the Croat is right back into favour again with a good display and a goal, reminding fans why he matters. Had a horror season after November, combination of injury and out of favour, the Croat has played his way into contention and we’d 100% pick him as a starter next campaign.

There are a lot of honourable mentions – Robby McCrorie has been great, and has earned the number one shirt for now, but he has no chance if we bring someone of Butland’s quality in. Ryan Jack is now a squad player and he’ll be happy with that.

Now, there’ll be the usual tribal hordes babbling and whining about Tavernier and Goldson – sorry, but we need better. We’ll support them if Beale sticks with them (and let’s face it, he will), but for us we’d have far superior options than Wigan and Brighton rejects. Compare Hutton with Tavernier, and now Cuellar with Goldson. And tell us either of these two came close to the impact Todd Cantwell has had. If you claim they did, you’re lying to yourself. And that’s ok.

As for elsewhere, Sakala has pace but for every great thing he does, he does 10 ridiculously bad things. And Borna now has to play second fiddle to Ridvan.

We don’t want the players who divide fans, we want the ones fans all (mostly) agree are great. And that’s why we’ve picked those five above.

And now you’ll all tell us we’re out of order!

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  1. Totally agree with all of that peice. If we are completely serious about winning the League and Cups then this should be the starting point. Goldson will cost us again if he gets to keep his position as will Tavernier although we would lose his crossing and goal threat is it worth losing key goals as he has been very guilty of , I don’t. New RB another quality CH, a R Winger , a rough diamond striker similar to Morelos but hungrier Onwards to 56.

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