Rangers should join four-way chase for SPL captain

Head coach Graeme Murty of Scottish club Rangers FC calls a play during the second half of their game against Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando...

Graeme Murty has brought four new faces to Ibrox, but could Rangers do with a centre-back?

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Graeme Murty has excited Ibrox supporters this month with four signings that are expected to improve his Rangers side dramatically and could push the Light Blues closer to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

In attack, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings are expected to give the Gers a whole lot more creativity and goals, certainly boasting the best attacking options other than Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

Although slightly unknown, Sean Goss looked a useful signing during his appearances at the Florida Cup - his technical prowess a highlight. Russell Martin has been added at the back, but do the Gers need another central defender?

Doubts are circling over the future of Euro 2016 winner Bruno Alves, who remained in Portugal during the winter break due to a calf injury. He could be looking for a move, with a place in the 2018 Portugal World Cup squad at stake.

Bruno Alves of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Similarly, Fabio Cardoso could be on his way out. Portuguese outlet A Bola claim, via the Daily Record, that the 23-year-old is interesting Liga NOS side Estoril after struggling to make his mark at Ibrox other than a broken nose.

That leaves the Gers with new signing Martin, the inexperienced Aidan Wilson, while David Bates and Danny Wilson are both in the final months of their contracts. Yet to be offered a new deal, it remains to be seen if renewed terms are agreed.

Martin may not secure a permanent move to Ibrox, so with doubts circling over the heads of the Gers centre-backs, perhaps Murty should join the race to sign Hamilton captain Mikey Devlin.

The Press and Journal claim Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen are interested, along with Championship trio Preston North End, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town.

Devlin, 24, has failed to feature for Hamilton this season, after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in May. But he is nearing a return with the diagnosis said to keep him sidelined between six and nine months.

However, he is now in his final contract, like Wilson and Bates. That could see Hamilton look to move him on this month for a cut-price deal, or indeed allow him to leave on a free in the summer.

Either way, Rangers must add the centre-back to their squad as Pedro Caixinha's foreign signings struggle. Signing a proven Scottish Premiership performer at the back would hugely improve the Gers side.

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