Rangers finished the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership campaign in 3rd position, following their thrilling 5-5 draw on the final day against Hibernian this past weekend.
It has once again been a difficult season for the Gers, that saw two managerial changes with Pedro Caixinha getting the sack very early into his tenure and Graeme Murty facing the axe towards the end of the campaign, as they were left 12 points behind arch-rivals and champions for the 7th consecutive time, Celtic.
The board has brought in Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to try and topple the Hoops from the top and lead the Gers back to glory days. However, for the former England international to achieve that, significant investments will be needed over the summer, given that the Rangers squad needs some restructuring.
Rangers have already begun their recruitment, signing winger Scott Arfield on a free transfer from Burnley and goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Hull City, also for free. Here are three more transfers that they should get done, in order to push their rivals for the title next season.
John McGinn (Hibernian)
The 23-year-old midfielder was one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership this season as he helped the Hibs finish 4th in the table. McGinn produced a return of 6 goals and 8 assists in 42 appearances across all competitions in the ongoing campaign, earning a nomination for the Scottish PFA Player of the Year award.
An energetic midfielder with strong technical ability, the 7-time capped Scottish international has proven himself to be a difference maker for the Leith outfit since joining them from St. Mirren back in the summer of 2015.
McGinn has shown tremendous progress in the past couple of years and has been a consistent performer as well. Still 23 years old, he will only improve from here on and will be a marked improvement on the current midfield options that Rangers have in their squad.
Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City)
The 21-year-old Swansea City striker has been a subject of a £4million bid from the Light Blues as per latest reports and it makes total sense, given the dearth of options in the centre-forward position at the club.
McBurnie hasn’t been able to establish himself as a first-teamer with Swansea but his performances in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign while on loan with EFL Championship side Barnsley were extremely impressive.
The Scotland international concluded the season with 9 goals in 17 appearances for the Tykes, finishing as their second-highest goalscorer for the season despite having spent just five months at the club.
With Jason Cummings’ permanent deal hanging in the balance, signing a young and talented striker like McBurnie, who has been in hot form of late, will be a major boost for the club.
Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce)
Another area that needs serious strengthening is the central defence. With David Bates exit-bound and no guarantees over the futures of Fabio Cardoso and on-loan centre-half Russell Martin, the Light Blues will be left with just Ross McCrorie and veteran Bruno Alves in their ranks.
The 33-year-old Martin Skrtel could prove to be the man to help strengthen their defence next season. It was reported earlier that Gerrard was keen on working with his former teammate from Liverpool and now there have been claims in the Turkish media that the club have already tabled in an offer for Skrtel.
The Slovakian international is a proven performer with years of top-level experience and had a fairly solid season with Fenerbahce, making 30 appearances across all competitions.
Playing alongside someone with this volume of experience and knowledge will only help the likes of McCrorie and the fact that the manager knows what the 33-year-old would be bringing to the table bodes very well for the club.