Rangers should build for the future rather than pursue James Collins

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rangers are interested in bringing West Ham United fan favourite James Collins to Ibrox this summer.

What’s the story?

Rangers were reported to have missed out on top transfer target Martin Skrtel earlier this week, with the two parties too far apart on the financial terms of a potential switch to Glasgow from Fenerbahce.

The defence is still a massive priority though and Steven Gerrard needs to bring in defensive reinforcements badly if his side are to compete for major honours next term.

One player that could be arriving at Ibrox is out-of-contract defender James Collins, according to The Scottish Sun.

The paper reckon that the player represents the experience and defensive strength that Gerrard is looking for in his backline.

Earning £35,000-a-week according to Spotrac.com, can they get a deal done to bring the 34-year-old to Glasgow?

Would he be a good signing?

With close to 400 career appearances for West Ham, Aston Villa and Cardiff City, Collins has had a stellar career, much of which has been played at the top level.

A leader on and off the pitch, his commitment and passion for the Hammers made him a real fan favourite at the club and while it’s become increasingly clear he isn’t the defensive option they need, supporters were sad to see him leave the London Stadium.

There are benefits he could bring to the set-up at Rangers, his experience being the obvious, but the Light Blues should really be trying to build for the future rather than paying  big wages for a short-term signing.

The club should be looking at emerging defensive prospects rather than 34-year-olds and while his arrival would likely be welcomed by supporters, it’s the kind of pandering ‘big name’ signing that has got them into trouble over the past few seasons.