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Gavin Rae has exclusively told Football FanCast that he thinks Rangers have a “good chance” of ending their trophy drought in the coming campaign, thanks to Steven Gerrard’s transfer business.
The former Ger thinks that the Rangers boss could bring some silverware to Ibrox this season after a strong summer window.
The Light Blues’ manager has made eight new signings in this window, bringing in the likes of Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool on loan, the exciting Joe Aribo from Charlton and splashing £3.5m on Filip Helander from Serie A side Bologna.
This business has led Rae to be optimistic about the new season: “I do think they will challenge and have a good chance of a cup but it will be tough. I think they have done well by building a really competitive squad with lots of strength in depth.”
Rangers’ transfer activity this summer is definitely a cause for long-term optimism. Gerrard built the foundations to his current side in his debut season and would hope for an improvement on last year with his new recruits through the door.
A second-place finish in the Premiership, a group stage exit in the Europa League and reaching the latter rounds of the domestic trophies can be described as progress for the Gers after years of false starts and chaotic tendencies. Yet, this is a club that demands success and the boss will need to put some trophies in the cabinet soon.
After a strong summer off the pitch though, the club is well-positioned to win their first piece of silverware since returning to the top flight. As Rae suggests, it won’t be easy, but given the talent Gerrard has brought to the club he’s given the club a good chance.
This business from the club could be exactly what is needed to give them the ammunition to make a serious tilt towards to the top of Scottish football.