By Saikat Mandal

27th Aug, 2022 | 7:39am

Barry Ferguson makes Rangers transfer suggestion after Champions League draw

Barry Ferguson has suggested that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst should be looking to sign one or two players, now they have reached the group stages of the Champions League.

The Bears defeated PSV Eindhoven 3-2 on aggregate to reach the group stages of Europe’s premier competition. They will face the likes of Ajax, Napoli and Liverpool in the group stage.

Ferguson says that with the Champions League money coming in, it’s high time, Rangers delve into the market and sign one or two players.

“Before kick-off I was nervous and I’m not often like that. My worry was that Celtic were guaranteed the group stage cash bonanza but Rangers weren’t and might drop into the Europa League,” wrote Ferguson for The Daily Record.

“Of course there’s money to be had there but now we’re talking proper big bucks. And I expect Gio to go and sign a couple of players because it sounds like he’s already identified a couple.

“Maybe a right back where there’s not a lot of back-up to James Tavernier. And in the forward areas, it will be interesting to see what happens with Alfredo Morelos after he was banished from the squad, so I think another attack-minded player and midfielder could be in his sights.”

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Ferguson is absolutely spot on here. Rangers have done an incredible job to reach this far, and they must spend money to bring in new players.

Signing another striker should be a priority for the Dutchman.

Although Van Bronckhorst has suggested that it is his job to get the best out of Alfredo Morelos, the club must look to bring in another striker who can challenge Antonio Colak for the starting role.

The Colombian will miss this weekend against Ross County, and it’s probably not hard to rule out his potential departure before the window closes, considering his contract situation.

With contract talks on hold, this is the perfect time for Rangers to make a strong statement, and show that the club is always bigger than a player, whoever he might be.

Also, adding a quality right-back is necessary. James Tavernier has been outstanding for the club, but Van Bronckhorst must look to add another player who can add depth in that region.

The money is there, and the Dutchman must use it properly.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer