Steven Gerrard, in his first transfer window as a manager, has now signed 10 players, as he looks to take Rangers back to their previous best. The Gers have a squad that lacks some spark and the former Liverpool midfielder seems determined to add enough quality to the side, to make sure that they can compete for the Premiership title next season.
Gerrard has improved on several areas of the squad, also adding some much-needed depth, but one role he is still looking for an upgrade on is his central-defensive position. He has already added a couple of names to his backline in Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson, both of whom are relatively inexperienced in Scotland.
He has also lost Bruno Alves, David Bates and loanee Russell Martin this summer and needs a player who can walk into the first team and solve their defensive woes immediately, even if it is only for the short term. So he might also be interested in signing some experienced defenders and here are three such centre-backs whom Gerrard should target for Rangers this summer:
Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce):
Having spent eight long years playing alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, Skrtel has spent the last two seasons in Turkey and has been impressive in most European outings. At 33, he is experienced, has the pedigree to improve the Rangers’ backline and is a decent signing for the Gers. They are already linked with a move for the Slovakian international and his addition might be a huge step in the right direction for Gerrard.
Jake Cooper (Millwall):
Another player extensively linked with a move to Rangers is 23-year-old Jake Cooper. Unlike the other two players on this list, Cooper is a player who will want regular action in the first team but does not really have much experience of playing in the Premiership. He does suit Gerrard’s requirements but Rangers have already failed to land him with a £3m bid. It is suggested that they might move on, but Cooper remains a player they should give a shot next season.
Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers):
Wanted by the Rangers as an alternative for Cooper, the 28-year old has gathered loads of experience with Bolton, who could be forced to sell to improve their financial conditions. He is affordable, has plenty of experience and can walk into the first XI at the Ibrox and make an immediate impact next season.