Rangers board asking for trouble with Vaulks links after semi-final

Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers inspects the pitch prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly keen to bring Will Vaulks to Ibrox at the end of the season.

Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers inspects the pitch prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

One potential positive to emerge from Rangers' embarrassing defeat in the Scottish Cup semi-final is the fact that the Gers cannot be under any illusions that there is a huge amount of work to do before they are genuinely ready to challenge their bitter rivals.

The defeat surely dashed any hope Graeme Murty had of convincing the fans that he deserves to stay on at Ibrox beyond this season, and it highlighted that some areas of the squad are simply not good enough.

Ross McCrorie of Rangers walks off after being sent off during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If the Rangers board hope to get the club back on track in the near future, a huge summer lies ahead. Intent has to be shown, and statements - not the kind that Dave King puts out in the days before an Old Firm clash - have to be made in the transfer market.

No disrespect to Will Vaulks, but the Daily Mail's suggestion on Monday that the Gers are keen on the 24-year-old is hardly the kind of statement that the fans need to hear in the wake of such a crushing defeat at the weekend.

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Vaulks is a talented midfielder who can also play at right-back. He has scored three goals and contributed four assists in League One this term, but is he the kind of target that Rangers need to be prioritising during the coming months?

They may have been poor on Sunday, but Rangers' midfield is arguably a potential strength for Murty or whoever the manager is next season. The likes of Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans and Greg Docherty have the potential to form a very good unit if given a run of games playing in front of the defence - and the Gers' somewhat forgotten man Ryan Jack will also be looking to add further depth in the middle of the park when he returns from injury.

If Rangers are going to add to their midfield options, it should arguably be a marquee target. Vaulks is talented, but the former Falkirk man would have plenty to prove if he did end up at Ibrox as it does not appear that he is a significant upgrade on the current strongest XI.

After the semi-final, it is not just the players and backroom team that need to show a positive reaction. The board also need to display some ambition, and the supporters may need some convincing that going after Vaulks demonstrates that ambition.

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