Rangers will be in the market for more players in the January transfer window after a strong first half of the season.
Steven Gerrard’s men sit second in the Scottish Premiership table, joint on points with Celtic, but behind them due to goal difference.
That won’t worry many though as the 1-0 victory over the Hoops at the weekend was a big step in the right direction for the Ibrox club.
And their European adventures this season also suggest big improvements have been made under Gerrard.
Now fans will be demanding more improvements are made in January so they can compete for trophies in the second half of the season.
So, who could Gerrard go for? We identify some problem positions and who could help them:
Stuart Findlay – Buy
With all the talk of Scott McKenna and Mikey Devlin being two of the best centre backs in Scottish football right now, why does Findlay not get a mention? The Kilmarnock centre back has been outstanding under Steve Clarke and deserves to be mentioned with a number of teams this January (no offence Killie fans). Findlay is a quality young player at just 23 and would be affordable too. These are exactly the type of signings Rangers should be making as they continue to develop the squad into one that is successful on the pitch and valuable off it too.
Steven Davis – Buy
Talk of Davis’ return has intensified over recent days – ever since Sky Sports reported that Southampton would be willing to let him leave for Ibrox at the right price. Rangers need a creative midfielder capable of scoring 10-15 goals per season and Davis fits the bill. On top of that, he’s a former player at Ibrox and is available. This is a no-brainer for Rangers.
Ethan Ampadu – Loan
It’s likely Joe Worrall may return to Nottingham Forest in January and that would leave Gerrard needing a fourth centre back for the second half of the season – hence why there are four centre backs on this list. In Ampadu, Rangers would be getting a young, talented defender who is very highly rated. He’s only 18 yet has nine first team appearances for Chelsea and six (yes, SIX!) caps for Wales already. There’s no doubting Ampadu is a quality player, but needs first team games – and Rangers could give him that.
Craig Halkett – Buy
Halkett is a former youth player at Ibrox, failing to make the breakthrough before leaving for Livingston. Not that you should read into that too much though. Mark Warburton was the man who released him and instead decided Rob Kiernan and Marius Zaliukas were better options. Halkett has excelled at Livi, helping them to two promotions before reaching the Premiership – and the captain has been brilliant in his first season in the top flight. Again, he’d be affordable and has shown enough that he could be important for Rangers. He’s a boyhood Gers fan as well and you just have to look at Andy Halliday to see how much fans appreciate one of their own.
Jermain Defoe – Loan
Defoe may be 36, but he’s still a quality goalscorer who would hit the back of the net in Scotland. Rangers badly need to take the pressure off Alfredo Morelos and bringing in a proven hitman like Defoe would be a huge coup in January. He’s played just 22 minutes for Bournemouth this season and can’t be enjoying that. So, Gerrard should put his experience of playing with Defoe to use and get the striker in on loan until the end of the season. What a deal that would be.