Rangers fans have overwhelmingly rejected Rangers’ defence going into the new season, amid the failure to sign now-Sheffield and Premier League defender Auston Trusty (who got the top flight move he wanted) and the collapse of the Jonathan Panzo deal.
Ibrox Noise polled our readers recently to discuss the defence, and how the supporters felt about going into the new season with the following group of players:
Adam Devine, Dujon Sterling, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Leon Balogun, Leon King, Ben Davies, Johnly Yfeko, Borna Barisic and Ridvan Yilmaz.
Only a minority were happy to face the challenges of the new campaign with this rearguard with the absolute overwhelming majority utterly unconvinced there’s enough in there to reassure that the backline won’t leak.
Are they right?
We will advocate that the introduction of Sterling in Hoffenheim may have changed the picture a fraction, with captain James Tavernier’s dreadful preseason and recent form looking even worse in light of the solid ex-Chelsea right back’s cameo by comparison.
And there are those bigging up the return of Connor Goldson too, as if he hasn’t ducked out of 90% of the challenges he’s faced.
But in general, the support isn’t happy with the stuff at the back.
Only Souttar, Balogun and Ridvan are attracting any praise, and there are injury issues around two of them – maybe even three including the Turk.
It’s not ideal preparation for the new season and thus far defensively the transfer window has been literally abysmal. Too top heavy with pretty creativity and strikers and nowhere near enough ‘ugly’ additions for the back.
We lost out on a big one in Trusty, but then he was on record as only wanting the Premier League, so Sheffield very much held all the cards there on that one.
We honestly don’t have much faith in Michael Beale fixing this – he’s shown little inclination to and in the two windows he’s had to sign players, has brought in 11 players, just two being actual defenders.
And the fans aren’t especially with the quality we have there now.