Should Rangers fans be wary as Gerrard reportedly targets experienced trio?

Rangers fans pour out of the stand onto the pitch as Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could reportedly use his Liverpool and England links to lure Martin Skrtel, Jermain Defoe and Lucas Leiva to Ibrox.

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

When Steven Gerrard was appointed as Rangers’ new manager in one of the biggest shocks in recent Scottish football history, the optimists suggested that having the former Liverpool skipper in the dugout would make Ibrox a more enticing destination for bigger name players.

And Rangers are certainly thinking big heading into the transfer market.

According to the Sun, Gerrard is hoping to sign two of his former Anfield teammates, Fenerbahce centre-back Martin Skrtel and Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (L) commiserates with Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (R) after the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League group B football...

But that is not all. Gerrard also reportedly wants Bournemouth hit man Jermain Defoe, who he played alongside for England in his pomp.

On paper, these would be three sensational signings, players who could perhaps turn Rangers into title challengers and have their green-clad rivals on the other half of Glasgow looking a little nervy.

Joey Barton of Rangers  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But Rangers fans should remember the summer of 2016, when veterans Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Philippe Senderos arrived at Ibrox, before they get carried away. The trio arrived with bags of experience and Premier League quality but all proved to be underwhelming, and expensive, flops.

Although Lucas, Defoe and Skrtel would undoubtedly be a major step up, there is still a degree of risk bringing in three players in their thirties and asking them to adapt to an entirely new league in the autumn of their careers.

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