By Azeem Siddiqui

26th Jul, 2022 | 3:40pm

Charlie Nicholas urges Rangers to strengthen goalkeeping department

Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas believes Rangers must strengthen the goalkeeping department to challenge for the league title.

The Gers failed to defend their league title last year after losing their manager Steven Gerrard in the middle of the season who joined Aston Villa.

Nicholas was quoted in a report by the Daily Record where he stated that Rangers must make more signings before the end of the transfer window.

“I said at the end of last season that I felt Rangers needed seven signings,” he said. “They are now on the verge of that and Giovanni van Bronckhorst shared my view and knew what the problem was.

“When they get Ridvan Yilmaz in from Besiktas, the Rangers manager has said that will be his final signing.

“I still think he has business to be done. Rangers need to sign a goalkeeper. I look at Rangers and I said when they won the title a couple of seasons ago that Allan McGregor’s time was up.

“I don’t see McGregor playing at all other than the Premier Sports Cup. I think it will be Jon McLaughlin unless they bring in another keeper.

“Rangers certainly have a lot more strength and depth compared to last season outfield. I think they can cover as many positions as Celtic although their bench isn’t as strong.

“That and the goalkeeping department is where Celtic have the edge and why I think the Premiership trophy will remain at Parkhead this season.”

New Season

It has taken a lot of hard work for the Rangers to get into the position where they are at the moment. After going into administration in 2012, the tides have changed in recent seasons and in the 2020-21 campaign, the Light Blues won the league under Gerrard.

In the following season, even though they were unable to make a push in terms of a title race in the league competition, they went on to win the Scottish Cup and finished runners-up in the UEFA Europa League where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on a penalty shootout.

Van Bronckhorst is set to start his first full season at the club and despite losing two stars, an influx of players has definitely helped the side in strengthening.

While the comments from Nichols have some substance to it but the Dutch manager has enough players at his disposal to challenge Celtic in the league title race.

In other Rangers news, Celtic and the Gers are at loggerheads over a record-breaking SPFL midfielder and a bid for him has already been tabled.