By Graeme Hanna

22nd May, 2023 | 2:10pm

Michael Beale left with just one realistic option for Rangers key position after injury news

With the news that Connor Goldson could be set to miss the start of the new season for Rangers, it leaves Michael Beale with just one realistic option in the centre-back position, as things stand.

The Gers boss is obviously primed and ready to attack the transfer market for several much-needed reinforcements but the latest setback reinforces the need to bring in quality that can be relied upon in the new campaign.

John Souttar is currently showing his impressive credentials, with his stand-out performance against Hibernian on Sunday providing further evidence that he has what it takes to be a key player moving forward.

As reported by the Rangers Review, Beale bemoaned the current injury situation at Ibrox which includes the second setback of the season for the defensive pillar Goldson, after going through the previous four campaigns as an ever-present.

“He will be out for about 10 weeks. He had a funny land on his foot with a couple of minutes to go last week and wanted to play on,” he said.

“After we’ve had it scanned and seen a specialist, he will probably be six weeks to stay off it and then a four to five-week rehab back into next season.

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“All going well, he’ll be available for the first game of next season, albeit he might have a slightly modified pre-season compared to others.”

Quality over quantity

Scotland international Souttar has the ability to play out from the back, in addition to his physicality and experience that makes him well suited to the demands of the domestic game.

However, Goldson’s absence will be in addition to the departure of Filip Helander, the likely sale of Ben Davies, and the need for Leon King to go out on loan in order to play regular football so that his own development can continue.

That would leave Beale needing to bring in two new central defenders, with the need for at least one other player who can provide cover.

So far, the likes of Dujon Sterling and Auston Trusty have been named as potential arrivals with the former said to be a done deal but the important thing is that quality is prioritised over quantity in the coming weeks.

This upcoming squad rebuild over the summer is of paramount importance if the club is to get back to winning ways in Scotland with the outcome dependent on the transfer activity to follow.

In other Rangers news, one pundit ​​has slammed Alfredo Morelos for being “miles off it” this season and urged Everton to avoid signing the striker in the summer transfer window.