Central defence is surely an absolute priority for Rangers

Central defence is surely an absolute priority for Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 30: Connor Goldson (R) and Ben Davies of Rangers applaud the fans after the team's defeat in the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 30, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s patently clear that while Rangers do require a new striker, two other positions are pretty desperate for seeking quality additions next month.

Ibrox Noise has already discussed our poverty on the wings.

We have just four ‘options’:

Abdallah Sima, who is terrible on the wings and is really a false 9 more than anything else.

Tom Lawrence, out for quite a long time, so not really an option.

Rabbi Matondo, who hasn’t convinced anyone yet that he’s a serious and selectable possibility on either wing.

And Ross McCausland, who remains a bit green around the gills and is lacking polish and final product at the moment.

But we’ve already babbled about this elsewhere.

The other position?

Central defence.

With Connor Goldson a huge doubt for the weekend at the time of writing, Rangers have just three senior central defenders available – Souttar, Balogun and Davies.

Now in fairness that’s not awful on the surface, but one further injury in there and we’re down to bare bones yet again, and with our injury record this season we can’t assume none of them will take a hit.

We have Johnly Yfeko and Leon King in backup – not exactly massive and viable options.

In short, it’s thin.

While the budget next month isn’t massive, Rangers really need to bring in a new alpha defender, someone big and strong and robust who can add reliable steel in there because there’s a lack of that at present.

We do understand there’s a Croat at Zurich who’s in outstanding form, but he wouldn’t be cheap…

We digress – we’ll have a look into the market and see who’s out there, but surely this is an area Philippe Clement’s scouting team will look into?

We shall see.

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