Glasgow Rangers have cemented their place at the top of the Premiership after defeating Celtic, but perhaps they require that one final signing to add the finishing touches to an already impressive squad.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have dropped just four points from 22 games in the Scottish top flight and, although they have three games in hand, Celtic are now 19 points behind them at the top of the table.
However, if there’s one criticism that can be made, Neil Lennon’s side exposed the Light Blues’ lack of a cutting edge in a similar way to how teams used to frustrate Gerrard during his time as a player at Liverpool.
Celtic dominated the early stages as they largely starved Rangers of the ball in the first half, winning most of their individual battles in the midfield, although the Gers came into their own after their arch-rivals were reduced to ten men.
Despite beating the Bhoys, other than Kemar Roofe’s injury, Gerrard would have had one major concern coming out of the game, as they were over-run in the midfield early on and struggled to get a foothold in the game during the first exchanges.
Even Steven Davis, so often the hero at Ibrox, cut somewhat of a peripheral figure as both sides wrestled for control, whilst new summer recruit Bongani Zungu came off the bench in the closing stages of the game.
Rangers were linked with a number of midfielders in the summer as Gerrard bid to stop Celtic from winning ten in a row, none more so than former academy prospect Lewis Ferguson. The 21-year-old nephew of Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has adapted to the pace and intensity of Scottish football like a duck to water, with the club idol calling him an “exceptional” talent.
It’s not quite worked out for Zungu, who has struggled to adapt to life in the Scottish Premiership.
The same can’t be said for Ferguson, who has come on leaps and bounds since he signed a pre-contract agreement with Aberdeen in 2018.
His manager Derek McInnes has recently accepted there will come a time where he will move on after the nature of these performances, saying: “Lewis has been pivotal to us from day one really and he just continues to be more important as he goes along.
“Lewis is a young man who does everything right and is such a key performer for me.
“He was signed with the intention of developing him and have good moments with us over a period of time, but you know eventually he will move on.
“But, while he is in our team, he will continue to do what he’s done.”
With Davis’ current deal set to expire at the end of the season, this sort of presence in the midfield would be most welcome in the Govan side of Glasgow and to be able to nab a midfielder who has the potential to be a future Scotland star for a mere £1.5m would be a shrewd bit of business.