By Doug Ward

1st Jan, 2023 | 7:07am

Rangers want to sign Wolves defender Dion Sanderson after Ross Wilson and John Park watched him play on loan for Birmingham City last week, according to The Sun.

The newspaper reported on their website on 31 December that Sanderson, 23, is within the Gers’ price range as Michael Beale looks to add fresh faces to his newly-inherited squad at Ibrox.

It is understood that Birmingham want to agree a permanent deal with Wolves as well, “so the Gers need to make a rival cash bid”.

Defensive recruitment

Sanderson’s versatility is certainly a good thing.

The former QPR loanee is able to play at centre-back and right-back, which are two areas Rangers need to add some cover.

Rangers’ defence has been ravaged by injuries this season with Connor Goldson, Ben Davies, Filip Helander and John Souttar all experiencing issues.

Out of those four, only two of them are reliable while Helander may as well be released at the end of the season when his contract at Ibrox expires.

Sanderson is 23 and his career doesn’t seem as though it’s been affected very much by injuries.

The Sun does, however, point out that the Wolverhampton-born ace “picked up a potentially troublesome hamstring strain in Friday’s 1-0 loss to Hull”.

It’s the sort of thing that shouldn’t mean he spends too long on the sidelines but it’s definitely something for the Gers to think about because the last thing they want is another injury-prone crock in their defence.

In other Rangers news, there is some very encouraging injury news regarding this Auchenhowie man after a turbulent year in Glasgow.