Pundit View: Alex Rae picks out two positions for Rangers to strengthen this summer

Alex Rae has picked two positions that Rangers must strengthen in order to challenge for the title next season.

Steven Gerrard has come under loads of fire recently, as the Gers are yet to win a game in the month of March.

Back to back 1-1 draws with Aberdeen and Hibernian were followed by the shocking cup defeat against the Dons, before a home draw against Kilmarnock handed the title to Celtic on a silver platter.

The boss deserves some flak for his tactics when struggling to break down deep defences. However, it is clear that the quality in the squad is not good enough, and Rae, who made 34 appearances for the Gers between 2004 and 2006, has had his say on the summer transfer plans.

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What has he said?

“I’m certain he is the right person to lead the challenge next season. He will be more prepared and will know what he wants to try to do. Steven will know now the players he wants to take Rangers forward,” Rae said, as reported by The Daily Record.

“Having listened to him in recent weeks, he’s talking about marquee players – players who are going to make a difference.

“Rangers need another quality centre-half. If you look at the last three games the goals they have lost have been extremely poor.

“And they need more quality in the offensive area because when they come up against teams who defend deep they find it very hard to break them down.”

Great news for Goldson

The latter part of Rae’s recommendation is clear for all to see – the Gers are simply incapable of breaking teams down when they sit deep.

A proper number ten, who can operate between the lines and support Alfredo Morelos, is an absolute necessity in the summer window.

While it may have flown slightly under the radar, the centre back issue might be even more important though.

With Joe Worrall expected to return to Nottingham Forest and Nikola Katic clearly not earning Gerrard’s trust, the boss needs a long-term partner for Connor Goldson.

This will be a huge relief to Goldson, who has gotten progressively worse throughout the season as he spends his time mopping up after whoever he is paired up with.

Goldson has all the technical, physical and leadership qualities needed to become a club legend if the right moves are made this summer. Gerrard must heed Rae’s calls and find an adequate partner for the ex-Brighton ace has he enters his prime.