Rangers’ central defensive pairing when the Scottish Premiership kicks off next month could be completely different to the one that ended the previous campaign.
Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha has brought two of his compatriots to Ibrox in the shape of former Vitoria Setubal centre-back Fabio Cardoso and 93-time Portuguese international Bruno Alves.
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However, with no prior experience of British football to call upon, it is far from guaranteed that the Iberian enforcers will immediately shore up a defence whose penchant for conceding sloppy goals meant Rangers finished a distant third behind Celtic and Aberdeen last season.
Therefore, reports in the Daily Star that Hull City are looking at Motherwell prospect Ben Heneghan should perhaps ring a few alarm bells. The Tigers need to reinforce their defence after losing both Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire to Derby County and Leicester City respectively, not to mention Andrea Ranocchia’s loan spell from Inter Milan coming to an end.
With only a year remaining on his contract, Heneghan is expected to leave Motherwell 12 months after arriving from non-league Chester City. Sky Sports claimed recently that Rangers were one of the club’s tracking the 23-year-old, who stood out across 38 games for Well last season.
And, unlike Cardoso and Alves, Heneghan is proven in the Scottish top flight and would surely be able to slot into Rangers’ side without the need for a lengthy adaptation period.
Ben Heneghan caught the eye of Motherwell after impressing at Chester
Furthermore, with Clint Hill expected to be followed out of Ibrox exit by Rob Kiernan, as reported by the Daily Record, Danny Wilson could soon be the only centre-back at Caixinha’s disposal with any prolonged exposure to the Scottish Premiership.
Therefore, though Hull are also desperate for defensive additions, you wonder whether Rangers would regret failing to make their move for the talented defender.