If Rangers dip their toes into the transfer market in January, it will only be for a new striker, according to PLZ Soccer pundit Darren Jackson.
Steven Gerrard didn’t go over the top when it came to strengthening his squad in the last transfer window with Ianis Hagi and Jermain Defoe completing permanent moves to Ibrox on top of Calvin Bassey, Jon McLaughlin, Leon Balogun, Cedric Itten, Kemar Roofe and Bongani Zungu arriving as fresh faces.
Rangers have since stormed away at the top of the Scottish Premiership, commanding an 11-point lead over Celtic before we’ve even reached December.
The Gers are also looking good in Europe and are on course to qualify for the Europa League knock-out stages with their fourth group stage fixture up next on Thursday night when Benfica arrive at Ibrox.
But even though it doesn’t feel as though the season started that long ago, the transfer window will re-open in just over a month’s time and plans for January are bound to be getting drawn up at Ibrox.
But ex-Hibernian and Celtic striker Jackson doesn’t believe the Scottish Premiership leaders need to do much in terms of incomings and claims that if they were to sign anyone, it would be a new striker.
“For now, [Gerrard] just wants to keep winning games and in the window, you’d probably like to add one [new player]. You always like to bring someone in,” the former Scotland international said on PLZ Soccer’s Football Show.
“But for Rangers now, it would be hard to go and strengthen unless you go and get a number nine. [Kemar] Roofe’s not a number nine, [Jermain] Defoe’s not playing an awful lot so you don’t know whether a problem is there.
“Possibly they’ll look for one player but I don’t think they need too many.”
Gerrard has plenty of players who can play as a number nine – although we admit the likes of Roofe aren’t exactly a natural striker.
Alfredo Morelos, Defoe, Cedric Itten and Roofe can all play there and with Gerrard usually just playing with one up-top, we don’t see how a fifth is needed.
That is, unless, someone like Morelos leaves as the Colombia international was strongly linked with a move away from Ibrox in the summer transfer window.
As it stands, it seems unlikely that Morelos will be sold as we doubt he’d want to leave when he could win major silverware this season. We also doubt Gerrard and Ross Wilson will entertain offers for any key first-team players in January. Why risk the chance of winning the league to make a quick buck?
Obviously, there are players out there who will improve Rangers but in terms of winning the Scottish Premiership, are there any areas of this squad that need to be improved upon massively?
We don’t think there is.
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