Callum Paterson failure should push Rangers to consider Hearts' replacement Andraz Struna

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match

Andraz Struna replaced Callum Paterson when injury ruined his season at Hearts - could he replace him as Rangers' right-back target too?

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the matchRangers manager Pedro Caixinha

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has made clear that the club’s recruitment is far from complete despite a grand total of nine players having already signed at Ibrox or on the verge of doing so.

While Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos look to add extra thrust and cutting edge going forward and Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso aim to form a stable partnership, it appears that the club are still in need of reinforcements at right-back.

The Daily Record reported that James Tavernier is available for transfer this summer for just £1.5 million. And although the report adds that Lee Hodson has impressed Caixinha sufficiently to remain at the club, he was distinctly second choice last season and appears unlikely to earn a regular role in the manager’s starting XI.

Callum Paterson, then, would have been the perfect addition. The highly-rated Scottish international right-back had developed into one of the nation’s most impressive full-backs and, with his contract expiring, the Daily Record claimed Rangers were interested.

However, he has since moved south of the border with Cardiff City instead.

Callum Paterson  - Heart of MidlothianCallum Paterson

Another freebie

Yet, Rangers may not have to look too far to find an alternative. When Paterson was ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury in December, Hearts brought in experienced Slovenian international Andraz Struna from Greek outfit PAS Giannina in his place.

And, despite leaving at the end of his short-term contract, Struna proved to be an astute addition, featuring 13 times for Ian Cathro’s side. Therefore, with the 28-year-old available on a free, Rangers should consider offering him an extended stay in Scotland.

Heart's Andraz Struna in action with Celtic's Stuart ArmstrongHeart's Andraz Struna

"I'm an attacking full-back. I like possession football,” Struna told the BBC after signing for Hearts.

It appears that he, and forward-thinking Rangers coach Caixinha, could be a good match.

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