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Two Defenders Who Rangers Must Target In The Summer

Rangers’ second 5-1 hammering at the hands of Celtic in a season truly showed how far they are behind their Glasgow rivals. A lot of work is needed at Ibrox over the close season to cover that gap. Some of it will potentially be done for them, should Celtic not be able to replace some key imminent departures from Parkhead.

Above all else on the field, Rangers need to change things defensively. Youngsters David Bates and Myles Beerman are a plus for the club but are nowhere near to being good enough to truly make the difference. Central defenders Clint Hill, Philippe Senderos, and Rob Kiernan have been way off the level that fans are expecting.

Marauding right-back James Tavernier has possibly been found out at the higher level too and has not had such a great season, having been extremely popular at Championship level. So who do Rangers need to target?  Here are 2 defenders who they can sign in the summer:

Callum Paterson

The Hearts right-back is available for nothing this summer and would be an excellent signing for the club.  Comfortable on the right of midfield too, he is very good going forward and would immediately add 5-10 more goals to the Rangers side.

He is no slouch defensively either and will be looking to make himself a permanent fixture in the full Scotland squad; something he is more likely to achieve while playing at Ibrox.

The final major reason as to why he would be a great signing is because Rangers still have to look down as well as up. Catching Aberdeen first and Celtic then is of paramount importance. However, Hearts and Hibs will both fancy their chances of mixing it in the top 4 or 5 next season and so taking a key player out of Edinburgh would be quite a blow to land.

Callum Paterson
Callum Paterson

Thomas O’Ware

Greenock Morton’s left-back and centre-back is gaining quite a reputation for himself having finally established himself in the team. Able to step out from the back with great confidence, the classy ex-Rangers youth player is being courted by clubs in England right now.

Given the state of domestic football in Scotland, if this player is considered good enough for English league, then he is good enough for Rangers too. A prospect like O’Ware may end up as a reasonable Scottish Premiership player, potentially better than what Rangers currently have, or perhaps end up as a top-level defender. So either way, Rangers should step in now while they are able to lure him.

Written by Gary Christie

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