Steven Gerrard confirms Rangers won't sign Kean Bryan

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers had been heavily linked with a move for Kean Bryan, but the young defender will not be arriving at Ibrox it seems.

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

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“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. 

Kean Bryan of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town at Boundary Park on December 9, 2017 in Oldham, England.

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.

“We have loads of targets that we have been monitoring. I need a centre-half and a striker," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

“Am I hopeful before Sunday? I hope it is tomorrow. I’m in a rush.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (C), with assistant Gary McAllister (R), in the dug out during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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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