Derek Johnstone explains what Rangers must do in the January transfer window

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Rangers need to make January signings, according to Derek Johnstone.

Former Rangers star Derek Johnstone has told the Glasgow Evening Times that new signings are needed at Ibrox in January after a minor stumble.

The Gers had won their first 11 games of the season, but then lost 2-1 at Hibernian, and even though they beat Alloa 4-0 shortly after, they did then draw 1-1 away at Livingston last weekend.

It's Mark Warburton's first real stumble as Rangers boss, and fans are starting to worry that they will be beaten by Hibernian to the Scottish Championship title.

Even after snapping up the likes of Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Dominic Ball, Gedion Zelalem, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Nathan Oduwa and Martyn Waghorn, supporters believe that new signings are needed in the January transfer window.

Now, former Rangers star Derek Johnstone has agreed with those sentiments, telling the Glasgow Evening Times that new additions are required.

Johnstone believes that Rangers just need some new faces to freshen the team up in January, and notably pointed out that he would like to see a bigger striker brought in to play as a target man, as well as a defensive midfielder, with trialist John Eustace seemingly unlikely to sign.

"A couple of new signings in January could be vital," said Johnstone. "I’m still fairly certain Rangers will go up this year and if they do the manager can’t suddenly bring in six or seven new players in the summer. I’m sure he would rather have up to three new faces in January, guys who will be good enough to play in the Premiership when the team makes the step up. You don’t want people just to fill the bench, you need those who are better than what’s already in there, even if it’s just a couple of loan signings until the end of the season.

"I still think they need a big striker. I know Ryan Hardie is there and he will definitely get his chance soon but they might want a ready-built one to come in to lend some more support to Martyn Waghorn who has often looked best cutting in from the wide areas. If Foderingham has to kick to long then it would useful to have someone up there with a chance of winning the headers and linking up with others."

"I also think they need a stronger, holding player in midfield that they maybe don’t have at this time. They’ve got various midfielders who want to get forward but on the break how many goals have Rangers lost when they’ve overcommitted to attack? So we need that holding player, especially with John Eustace not signing, someone who can offer the centre backs a bit more protection," he added.

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