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Lucas Leiva to Rangers? A midfielder who can finally stand up to Scott Brown?

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield in Liverpool, north west...

Rangers bringing Lucas Leiva to Ibrox could change the face of clashes against Celtic.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers' desire for full scale changes have been hastened by their embarrassing defeats against Celtic over the past month, losing 4-0 and 5-0.

The Gers were dominated by a midfield led by the irrepressible Scott Brown, who has found a new lease of life under Brendan Rodgers.

Working out a strategy to stop Brown is the key to competing with Celtic, and Rangers might have already identified a player who has a chance.

Lucas Leiva of SS Lazio in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 18, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

The Scottish Sun report Rangers are keen on signing Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva, who played alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.

Leiva, 31, has matched up against the English Premier League's finest midfielders over the past decade, including Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield in Liverpool, north west...

He will respect Brown but he will not be intimidated by the Celtic midfielder like Rangers' lacklustre midfield earlier this season.

This is not to say Lucas will be able to stop Celtic single handedly, but he is a player Gerrard has been in the trenches with himself, going into battle alongside him on countless occasions and it makes sense he would want him as a leader in the Rangers midfield.

Lucas' arrival at Ibrox would give Rangers a midfielder capable of effectively challenging Brown, and this alone will set the tone for a rejuvenated and more competitive Gers side next season.

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