By Pranav Shahaney

19th Jul, 2021 | 1:40pm

View: Rangers must sign Gary Cahill this summer

Rangers are reportedly keen on signing free agent Gary Cahill after his contract at Crystal Palace expired.

According to The Sun, the Scottish champions could offer him a staggering £35,000-a-week salary to tempt him to move to the Ibrox this summer.

Palace want him to stay and have offered him a new deal, but the finances aren’t enough to tempt him to sign it right away.

Rangers have taken veterans from the Premier League in the past and Cahill could be the latest to follow suit

A quiet leader

Our interest in Cahill is certainly not only because of his defensive qualities. At 35, he is a shadow of what he was when he won trophies at Chelsea, but his leadership skills are something that have stuck with him.

Having played nearly 400 Premier League games in his career, he would come to Ibrox with years of experience under his belt.

After a 1-1 draw against Brighton last season, then Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised the England international.

He told Palace TV, “His position is very good, he’s exceptionally good in the air, he’s a strong challenger for the ball and a very good blocker of the ball.

“He’s also brought us leadership qualities, he’s been very good leadership-wise. He’s the best type of leader; he’s the quiet leader people don’t see from Row Z in the stand. He’s the leader we see in training week to week.”

Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Cahill would undoubtedly increase the average height of our squad and would be a good option to throw on in the latter stages of games when the side is defending a lead.

He is very good in the air and has the tendency of putting his body on the line for his team.

Steven Gerrard shares a personal relationship with him as they’ve been England teammates in the past and knows a lot about his dressing room presence, which could be the reason why there are reports linking Gers to the former Chelsea defender.

In other Rangers news, ‘Fantastic’ defender could exit Rangers this summer, loan move likely – The Athletic