Where Can Rangers Strengthen In The Summer?

As the curtain closes on the 2018/19 season, Rangers have completed yet another trophy less season which is nothing short of unacceptable for such a big side. But where do Steven Gerrards rangers need to improve in order to compete at the top next season? Here are 5 players i think Rangers should sign this summer.

1) Ryan Kent

Kent has been nothing short of a revelation for Rangers this season with the Liverpool Loanee getting both Rangers and the PFA Young Player Of The Year. However, the rumours have already started this summer with rumours of a 5.5m, 7.5m and also a loan move have been talked about. But the only option for Rangers seems to be a Loan with Gerrard confirming that they have put in a loan offer for the Englishman. This deal is very likely to happen and I think it will be an Important singing for the Gers.

Likelihood Of Happening: 9/10

Ryan Kent celebrating his goal vs celtic.

2) Danny Welbeck

This one seems to be an unlikely one but would be an amazing signing for Gerrards side. The ex Manchester United Striker has had injury troubles of late which has resulted in Arsenal not renewing his contract and letting him go, which means Rangers can take him on a free transfer. I can see this one happening as Rangers have the pull of Gerrard which has brought players like Jermain Defoe, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic to the club. There has also been some reported interest in the Ex England International by Rangers, as reported by the reliable Rangers source, 4 Lads Had A Dream. This one is the most unlikely of the 5 but could still happen and should not be ruled out.

Likelihood Of Happening: 4/10

3) John Souttar

With McAuley and Worrall leaving the club in the summer, Rangers are in need for a centre half. The Scotland International has made 34 appearances for Hearts this season and reaching the Semi-Final of the Betfred Cup and the Final of the Scottish Cup. Souttar is a solid Defender and should cost no more than 1.5m for the Glasgow Giants. However is unlikely to happen due to Rangers high interest in George Edmundson from English League 2 side Oldham Athletic. I think Souttar has been a strong player for the Jam Tarts since his arrival in 2015 from Dundee United and would be a good signing for Rangers.

Likelihood Of Happening: 7/10

4) David Turnbull

The fourth player on this list is David Turnbull. Turnbull is currently playing for fellow SPFL side Motherwell. He has scored an impressive 15 Goals and 6 assists in 31 games this season and he is only 19 years old so can still improve. With Jake Hastie coming to Rangers on a bosman from Motherwell you can see that Jake will try and bring the 19 year old to Govan with him. It is reported that Motherwell only want 1.7m for the midfielder which is a bargain Rangers should be all over.

Likelihood Of Happening: 6/10

5) Joe Aribo

The last player on the list is Joe Aribo. Aribo is another midfielder but is available on a free this summer with his contract at Charlton expiring. Rangers are interested in the Englishman but face competition from Old Firm rivals Celtic, Arsenal, Benfica and Europa League semi finalists Eintracht Frankfurt. With Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter possibly out the door in the summer, Gerrard will want to add to his already strong midfield. The 22 year old has scored 10 Goals and provided 5 Assists in 38 Games for Charlton this season. I think Rangers should try and get this deal done as he would be a great player in scotland.

Likelihood Of Happening: 7/10

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Where Did It All Go Wrong For Scottish Football?

069D47A1-11B5-42E3-A2C6-CB2AC87DE0C9Lets look back a few years, Players like Paul Gascoigne, Brian Laudrup and Henrik Larsson were playing in Scotland in their prime. Rangers and Celtic both getting to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003 and 2008 Respectively. Now in 2019, the bottom half of the top tier in scotland will most likely not be able to compete with some teams in the English League 1. Where exactly did it go wrong for Scottish football?

The main reason for the downfall in the Scottish game is money. With big broadcast companies unwilling to put a big sum of money into scottish football due to the lack of quality in some teams, Scotland are quickly falling away from the ‘Big Leagues’, who are gaining at least 6 figure sums a year through TV deals. This causes them to spend money on quality and widen the gap between them and leagues like Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium.

Another big reason for the downfall is the Liquidation of Rangers in 2012. When Rangers got relegated down to the 4th tier Almost all scottish football fans were laughing and joking about it, some still today. But little did they know at the time that it would cause debatably the worst period in scottish football history, sometimes known as ‘The banter years’. During the time of Rangers absence in the top tier, they lost their 2nd Champions League spot and became the laughing stock of british football. They also missed out on a lot of TV money due to the lack of old firm derby’s, which is the main income of the scottish game. Celtic also ran the league every year for the past 8 seasons due to the lack of competitiveness at the top of the table for most of the 8 seasons and have been the only scottish team to make the group stages of a european tournament until the season past where Rangers made the group stages and narrowly missed out on the knockout rounds.

In order for the Scottish premiership to get better as a league, they need to improve both on and off the park. In my opinion, scotland should follow the Dutch eredivise in the clubs qualifying for the european competitions giving 5% of the prize money to the clubs who didn’t qualify. I think that is a brilliant idea and will help the lower teams be able to keep up with the top 6 and make the league more competitive and enjoyable to watch, thus making the TV companies wanting to invest more money into the scottish game. The scottish league is certainly going in the right direction right now but will they be able to keep up with the big leagues in the near future? Only time will tell.