Rangers can’t afford another Russell Martin level error in transfer market this summer

As reported by The Argus, former Rangers defender Russell Martin has opened up on his failed loan move to the club last season, believing that while it it was wrong time for him at Ibrox, it could be a big move for transfer target Connor Goldson.

What’s the story?

Martin joined Rangers in the January transfer window as Graeme Murty and Mark Allen attempted to add a bit of experience and solidity to the Light Blues’ defensive line.

Unfortunately for all parties it didn’t work out like that and Martin proved to be part of one of the worst Gers defences in recent memory.

The player reckons it was the wrong place, wrong time for him, but would still recommend that a player like Connor Goldson, linked with a move to the Gers recently, jumps at the chance of a move.

As quoted by The Argus, the Scotland international said:

For me it was a bit wrong place, wrong time. The club was a bit all over the place and then a change of manager, who was an interim manager anyway. But I loved playing for a football club of that size and that support.

I guess for Connor at this stage of his career it will be for him to decide whether he wants to go up the road and compete to win things or whether he has got a burning desire to stay here and try to get back in the Premier League and play in the Championship regularly.

If anyone asked me would you sign there I’d always recommend doing it. It’s got everything there, it’s just waiting for lift-off.

How bad was the Rangers defence last season?

Despite scoring more goals than the entire Scottish Premiership, including Celtic, Rangers managed to find themselves in third position by the time the season was over, highlighting how much their defence struggled to cope throughout.

They ended up conceding more goals that every side in the top six, with the likes of Bruno Alves and Russell Martin badly letting their side with consistently uncertain performances in the heart of the defensive line.

Martin himself was a bit of a disaster signing and it’s a transfer misstep that the club can’t afford to make this summer. Steven Gerrard must know that the defence is a massive priority this summer and they need every signing there to be a smash hit, or they’ll again struggle to challenge for trophies next season.