By Sean Fisher

26th Sep, 2022 | 12:51pm

Rangers are in desperate need of a rebuild after latest CIES study shows glaring issue with squad

The CIES Football Observatory published the average squad age in the Scottish Premiership, and Rangers worryingly top the table.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side is, on average, the oldest squad in the top flight of Scottish football. The latest CIES study revealed that the Rangers squad averages out at 28.42 years old.

St Johnstone sit behind the Gers with 28.26, while Aberdeen boast the youngest squad in the division with a 25.67 average. Celtic sit just above them with an average age of 26.07.

Allan McGregor boosts the average considerably as the oldest player in the Rangers squad at 40, while Steven Davis (37) and Jon McLaughlin (35) are two other veterans in the dressing room.

Cause for concern

Van Bronckhorst is likely itching to bring new players into the dressing room, and the data from this study shows that it’s necessary.

Despite how loved players are at Ibrox, there always comes a time when players need to depart, and the club will suffer in the long term if they hold on too long.

A sign of a huge club is knowing when to get rid of ageing players, and at the moment Rangers are failing in that respect.

Investment is needed over the next few transfer windows, with the squad in desperate need of freshening up. Van Bronckhorst’s signings so far have been hit and miss, but he deserves the chance to build a squad he wants, and should be backed again in January.

Clearly, the squad is in need of some young and hungry talent willing to come into the squad and keep the seasoned pros on their toes.

Alongside that, the club needs to be ruthless and cut any players that have outstayed their welcome.

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