Martin Skrtel should not be compared to Senderos or Alves as Rangers look to complete deal

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rangers are on the verge of bringing defender Martin Skrtel to Ibrox this summer.

What’s the story?

Rangers have already made significant moves in the transfer market after completing the signings of Allan McGregor, Jamie Murphy and Scott Arfield.

While new boss Steven Gerrard was confirmed to have signed off on all three, they are deals that were likely led by Director of Football Mark Allen, so fans are eager to see what kind of players the Liverpool legend wants at the club and they could soon get their wish.

One name that could be arriving at Ibrox soon is Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel, with The Scottish Sun reporting that Rangers are on the verge of sealing a £2.7m transfer for the 33-year-old.

Skrtel of course played for years at Liverpool with the new Rangers manager and the paper report he is set to sign a three-year deal to link-up with his former teammate.

Is this a good signing?

There are certainly risks attached to handing a three-year deal to a 33-year-old.

Investing a big chunk of their transfer resources in a player with no resale value or future potential could be argued to be short-sighted, but Rangers are in need of short-term solutions and Skrtel is most definitely that.

He’s a player who will immediate improve upon the current central defensive options at the club.

Although it’s tempting to compare this deal with previous moves for the likes of Philippe Senderos and Bruno Alves, neither comparison has merit.

Skrtel is a far more talented player than the journeyman Senderos, making hundreds of appearances for Liverpool and spending good chunks of time at both FC Zenit and Fenerbahce.

Coming off the back of a 31 appearance season at the Turkish giants, he is also playing better, in a more talented side than Bruno Alves was before he arrived at the club.

His clearance and aerial duel averages this season, collated by WhoScored.com, demonstrate a player who is still putting himself about in a physical manner and he will be a tough opponent for most Scottish Premiership forwards.

Rangers fans are right to be excited about his potential arrival, even if in the long-term it doesn’t make much sense.