Glasgow Rangers are suffering somewhat of a defensive injury crisis at the moment. The Ibrox side are without Filip Helander, John Souttar and now Connor Goldson for an extended period of time, placing pressure on youngster Leon King and summer arrival Ben Davies.
Davies has started the previous three Premiership games and Rangers have conceded just once, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst might be worried about his lack of experience at the highest level, especially with the pressure of being the senior man at the heart of the side’s defence.
The late Walter Smith made a key signing over 15 years ago who became the cornerstone of the club’s success between 2008-2011 and he would now be a perfect fit under Van Bronckhorst…
Smith brought the then 36-year-old David Weir to Glasgow in January 2007, his first signing since re-joining the club. What was initially a six-month deal eventually turned into a five-year stay at Ibrox.
The centre-back had plenty of experience to draw on in order to improve a Rangers side who were clearly second best in Scotland. He had played in the Premier League with Everton, represented Scotland at the 1998 World Cup, and led Hearts to a Scottish Cup win the same year.
Smith rated Weir as “one of his best-ever signings” and this is high praise indeed from a Rangers legend.
Weir went on to play 230 matches for the club during his five-year spell, chipping in with five goals and leading Rangers’ renascence. Three league titles in a row were accompanied by a further three League Cup trophies and two Scottish Cups while coming so close to UEFA Cup glory in 2008.
He became the Rangers captain in April 2009 and what Van Bronckhorst would give to have someone of his experience in his side right now.
Weir wasn’t the quickest defender, but his lack of pace was more than made up by his speed of thought, allowing him to read the game exceptionally well. For that alone, he would be a very good option, even if Rangers weren’t littered with defensive injury concerns. He was a stalwart who rarely put a foot wrong, and if he was now in his prime, would be a phenomenal option for the Dutch head coach to call upon.
His top-flight career ended at 41 years of age and it’s fair to say, the club wouldn’t have conceded seven goals to Liverpool with the Scot marshalling the defence in his heyday.