Kyle Bartley would offer a commitment that Rangers currently lack in defence

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rangers are keen on signing Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley this summer.

What’s the story?

Bartley is of course a former player of the Ibrox club, spending a season-and-a-half on loan from Arsenal in 2011 and 2012.

He became something of a fan favourite and many supporters have harboured ambitions to sign him again ever since.

The Scottish Sun report that this could become a reality this summer, with Rangers hoping they can sign him for half of the £5m that Swansea City value him at.

However, Steven Gerrard will face competition for his signature with another former loan club Leeds United also interested in his services, according to the report.

The paper say the player is open to a move north of the border to join Gerrard’s new era at the Gers.

Would he be a good signing?

Bartley wasn’t the most polished of defenders in his first spell at Ibrox but it’s important to remember he was only 19 when he initially arrived at the club and had limited first team experience.

Since departing he’s made almost 90 appearances for the likes of Swansea, Birmingham City and, most successfully, at Leeds.

He is a better, more experienced player now, who still possesses the physical attributes that helped him cope with the Scottish game the first time around.

Bartley is a player who brings passion and determination to every defence he is a part of, something Rangers have arguably lacked this season, having to endure lacklustre performances from the likes of Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves.

With Ross McCrorie now clearly a better option in midfield and David Bates moving on to Hamburg, the Light Blues badly need defensive reinforcements and if they can get the deal done, they could do a lot worse than Bartley.