Rangers are back in the hunt for Martin Skrtel this summer

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Rangers are interested in signing former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel this summer, according to The Daily Record.

What’s the story?

The paper report that it’ll be the third time that the Ibrox club have tried to sign Steven Gerrard’s former teammate at Liverpool, having been put off by the player’s £5m price tag last summer and the player unwilling to take a wage cut back in January.

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However, the Rangers boss is now said to have held “positive preliminary talks” with the Slovakian international after the expiration of his £60k-a-week contract with Turkish side Fenerbahce.

The report states that with the player looking for a new club, there is a willingness to move to Scotland.

Do Rangers need him?

A player of Skrtel’s quality and experience would certainly make him a strong addition to the Rangers squad and the club do need a fourth central player to add the necessary depth to the defensive line.

Connor Goldson is the first-choice pick in the position with Nikola Katic and new signing George Edmundson also competing for places.

The latter two though are still young at 22 and 21 respectively and it’s obviously a position that benefits greatly from experience at the top level playing against the best attackers.

Skrtel certainly has that in his past having made 242 Premier League appearances before his move to the Turkish giants.

Also winning 104 caps for his country and competing in UEFA club competitions a massive 87 times, he not only has the pedigree to be a success in the Scottish Premiership but can also be a reliable presence for the club on the European scene.

Adding a player with his history, who is known and respected by Gerrard, to a squad who are mostly inexperienced on the European stage could go a long way to making the Rangers defence more solid next term.

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