In comments reported by BT Sport, Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Rangers will not be signing Kean Bryan this summer, while the Gers boss has also said, in comments reported by The Scottish Sun, that he wants a new centre-back and striker through the door as quickly as possible.
It has been an incredibly busy summer for the Scottish Premiership side with 10 players arriving during this window. According to BT Sport, Rangers held talks with the Manchester City youngster about the possibility of making him signing number 11 - however, Gerrard has confirmed that the 21-year-old will not be joining.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get an agreement with Kean. He wants to keep his options open and we respect that. You can see quite clearly that we need a centre-back so that is definitely an area that we are trying to add in. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later," he said, as reported by BT Sport.
With a few impressive pre-season and Europa League results under their belt, Gerrard would perhaps be forgiven for feeling that his squad is exactly where he wants it and there is little need for further additions.
But the new Rangers boss insisted that he wishes to get two new signings in and would ideally love to have them in the ranks as soon as possible.
“Am I hopeful before Sunday? I hope it is tomorrow. I’m in a rush.”
While any new signings may not be able to play in the second-leg of their Europa League tie with Osijek on Thursday, they will be able to potentially make an impact in the domestic season curtain-raiser with Aberdeen on Sunday.
The clash with Derek McInnes' men looks set to be a tough one to kick off the league campaign, so Gerrard may feel that the new additions, and the boost that will come from their arrivals, may be exactly what the side needs to help get the new season off to a flyer.
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