Should Rangers join race for Tom James and offer Lee Hodson?

Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers should attempt to take Tom James to Ibrox right from under their Scottish Premiership rival's nose.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty reacts during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers may have just come up a little short on Sunday, but they undoubtedly showed that they have the potential to close the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a spirited performance at Ibrox.

The Gers squad appears to be in a much better position than they have been in previous meetings with their Old Firm foes, and it seems that with a couple of good additions, that gap could close even further very soon.

Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United and Tom James of Yeovil Town during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park on January 26, 2018...

That is why Rangers should perhaps take note of a recent report from The Independent which suggested that Celtic plan to rival Swansea City and Bournemouth for Yeovil Town defender Tom James.

The right-back is set to cost less than £500,000, according to The Independent, and that should tempt Rangers to join their rivals in the pursuit of the 21-year-old prospect.

Lee Hodson of Rangers (L) is put under pressure from Scott Sinclair of Celtic (R) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12,...

Graeme Murty arguably has the division's best right-back at his disposal in James Tavernier, but there have got to be questions about the depth in that position with Lee Hodson a player who has come in for significant criticism during his time at Ibrox.

It would be a huge worry for Rangers if Tavernier picked up a long-term injury as the 26-year-old does not appear to be on the same level, so perhaps the Gers should consider offering Yeovil Hodson as part of the deal.

The Northern Ireland international would surely appreciate the chance to get back to playing regular first-team football, and Rangers would be left with the division's best right-back and a youngster who should not only prove to be a rival in years to come, but can also fill in in other areas of the back four if required. 

Rangers, on paper, have a lineup that can more than compete with Celtic, so it appears - after substitutions changed the game on Sunday - that addressing the areas where they lack depth must be a priority for Murty this summer. Targeting James may be a very good place to start.

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