A Rangers move for Gareth McAuley is the wrong direction for Steven Gerrard

As reported by The Daily Record, Rangers are interested in bringing former West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley to Ibrox this summer.

What’s the story?

The Light Blues know that in order to compete for silverware next season they must sort out their defensive line, conceding far too many goals in the Scottish Premiership last term.

The club are reportedly close to bringing Brighton man Connor Goldson to Glasgow, and it appears they’re already lining up his potential defensive partner.

The Daily Record report that Director of Football Mark Allen has already made contact with veteran Gareth McAuley’s representatives ahead of a potential switch to Ibrox this summer.

The defender left West Bromwich Albion after their relegation from the English Premier League and the paper say he is keen on a move to Ibrox to get first team football and extend his international career with Northern Ireland.

The Record also report however that Gerrard has yet to sign off on a move for the player, but is looking to sign as many as four defenders in this summer’s transfer window.

Would he be a good signing?

With 78 caps for his country and over 200 English Premier League appearances to his name, McAuley does have immense experience that would be a benefit to Rangers next season.

However, at 38 years of age, he might have too many miles on the clock.

The failure of Bruno Alves and Russell Martin last season brought into sharp focus that the Scottish Premiership is far from easy for established, experienced internationals and the worry would be that McAuley would end up similarly off the pace.

He played just nine times in the Premier League last term for the worst team in the division, so is clearly on the decline, and Gerrard needs young, hungry and ambitious players if he is to forge a winning side.

Three of four years ago this would have been a brilliant signing for the Light Blues, but now? The jury is out.