Three centre-back alternatives Rangers should consider in case Connor Goldson deal fails

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James Collins

James Collins has played his last game for West Ham United after the expiration of his contract at the London Stadium. Spending ten seasons at the club in two spells, Collins is a favourite with supporters and gave 100% commitment to the club right until the very end, helping them avoid relegation in 2017/18.

A 51-cap international with Wales who has played in the Premier League in every season since 2005/06, he would offer Rangers immense experience and leadership, perhaps following in the footsteps of the likes of David Weir and Clint Hill.

His average of 9.1 clearances a game in the English top-flight last season was more than any other player in the division, as collated by WhoScored, demonstrating a no nonsense style that could be a big hit in a team that is crying out for defensive ruthlessness.

At 34 years of age, he doesn’t have massive long-term potential, but as a problem solver on a season-by-season basis, he could prove be a shrewd signing by Steven Gerrard this summer.

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