Michael Stewart claims new centre-back would make 'big, big difference' to Rangers
Michael Stewart has claimed that signing a new centre-half this summer would make a “big, big difference” to Rangers next season.
The Gers ended their Scottish Premiership campaign 13 points behind bitter rivals Celtic, despite being just two points behind with a game in hand at the beginning of the midseason winter break.
But Stewart believes that Steven Gerrard’s men could perform even better next term if they splash the cash to snap up a new central defender in the coming months.
Writing in a column for the Scottish Sun, he said: “Under Steven Gerrard the standard of this Rangers team has improved across the board.
“When you look for an obvious weak link there isn’t one, apart from maybe in the centre of defence. Is that such a weakness that they are gifting goals or losing points on a weekly basis? No.
“That’s because Allan McGregor has done such a good job since his return to the club.
“But a really commanding centre-half would make a big, big difference to them, and it would also help them dealing with Odsonne Edouard, left, in Old Firm games — assuming he’s still around.”
Should the Gers invest in a new centre-back this summer?
If the money is there, and if the right player can be found, why not?
There have been times this season that Rangers have looked decidedly rickety at the heart of defence.
Whether it be Gerrard’s constant chopping and changing between Nikola Katic and George Edmundson since the turn of the year, or Connor Goldson’s shaky form, as previously discussed by Ibrox News, there is definitely room for improvement.
Of course, we do still have Filip Helander to come back from injury, and that in itself could feel like a new signing.
Tam McManus has previously argued that the Swede is the best defender at Ibrox, and you would assume that he will get a chance to prove whether or not that compliment is deserved next season.
But between now and then, if the Gers can find the right man for the right price, it can’t help our title prospects to bring him in.
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