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‘Rangers Need To Add 3-4 Quality Players To Challenge Celtic’: Which Positions Gerrard Needs To Reinforce?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Celtic are just one win away from securing an extraordinary feat of ‘treble treble’ and Rangers have again fallen short of their arch-rivals. However, not many expected the Gers to challenge for the Premiership title this season, but fans and everyone at the club will have huge hopes from Gerrard and his players in the upcoming campaign.

The Hoops will have to go through a significant rebuilding phase, and that could be Rangers’ best chance to stop them from achieving their ninth league title in a row. Rangers were able to match Celtic halfway through the season, but their inconsistency cost them dear in the second half.

Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam believes that the Bears are three-four quality signing away from challenging Celtic. He said (Daily Record), ”The challenge was up to a point at Christmas where they were level on points, and it was going in the right direction. Inconsistencies since then. It cost Rangers getting closer to Celtic. I can see them bringing in three or four maximum of better quality players that can take Rangers to the next level again and give Celtic a proper challenge.”

Here are three positions where we feel that Rangers need to add options.

Centre Backs

The club will lose the services of Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley, and that will leave them with only two centre-halves in the form of Connor Goldson and Nikol Katic. The Gers should look to sign an experienced defender who will bring calmness at the back. Quite a few goals which Rangers conceded were avoidable and signing two defenders is definitely going to be on the agenda for the club.

Attacking midfielder/ No. 10

Rangers are loaded with midfielders, but none of them can be classified as outright no. 10. The Bears struggled to open up defences when teams sat back in two blocks of five. A creative player with guile can produce that moment of magic in the final third which was often missing, and Gerrard too had acknowledged last year that he needs to add a playmaker.

Striker

Alfredo Morelos is going to attract interest in the transfer market, and if the right bid comes in, we expect Rangers to sell the Colombian striker. Kyle Lafferty has been below par and Gerrard was reportedly unhappy with his desire and commitment when Rangers faced off Liverpool’s u-23 team in a friendly recently. Therefore he could be sold in the summer. That could leave them with Jermain Defoe as the only striker and Rangers will need to add depth and competition for places in the forward department.

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