Rangers' five-point summer transfer window plan; featuring Kent and Souttar

Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers will be keen to bring new signings to Ibrox this summer.

Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have been busy in every transfer market since Steven Gerrard's arrival nearly a year ago, and this summer shouldn't be any different as they attempt to chase down Celtic.

The Gers have made progress under Gerrard this season, but a few more quality additions would really give Rangers a chance to push Celtic next season, with fans expecting another busy window.

With that in mind, here's a five-point plan for Rangers' window - which features a number of players coming in to and going out of Ibrox... 

1. Sign two centre backs quickly

Rangers have seen Connor Goldson impress, and there's certainly potential with Nikola Katic. Yet with Gareth McAuley out of contract and loanee Joe Worrall set to return to Nottingham Forest, two centre backs are needed – and the quicker, the better. Hearts ace John Souttar would be an outstanding signing in this area, and bringing in an experienced option to replace McAuley would also make sense, especially if available for free like McAuley was.

 

2. Attempt to land Ryan Kent again

With Jordan Jones signed up and Jake Hastie on his way, another winger would be a surprise, but an exception should be made for Kent. The Liverpool loanee has dazzled under Steven Gerrard this season, finally putting his game together having only previously shown glimpses of his quality. A permanent deal is all but impossible, but Gerrard should be looking to bring Kent back to Ibrox on loan as an important summer deal.

3. Keep Alfredo Morelos – or spend heavily

Keeping star striker Alfredo Morelos won't be easy, even with his famed disciplinary problems. The Colombian has smashed 29 goals this season, and Rangers would find replacing him incredibly difficult – even with Jermain Defoe in form. Rangers must either keep Morelos at Ibrox, or really splash the cash to replace him and reinforce Gerrard's squad if they do sell him on, as selling him without reinvesting would put paid to any plans of chasing down Celtic.

John Souttar of Heats in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round match between Heart of Midlothian FC and FC Infonet Tallinn at Tyncastle Stadium on June 30, 2016 in...

4. Add more creativity in midfield

Gerrard has assembled a midfield full of battling players with decent ability on the ball. Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield all fit the bill, as does loanee Steven Davis, who is expected to sign permanently this summer. Greg Docherty is returning from his loan away at Shrewsbury Town, but adding a real number 10 with the ability of a player like Celtic's Tom Rogic would really revolutionise this Rangers team, and help unlock the defences that set up just to frustrate Gerrard's side.

5. Clear out the dead wood – including loanees

Incomings will be key, but Rangers must also get rid of a number of players. The full list of players on the books at Rangers is staggering now, and the likes of Jak Alnwick, Lee Hodson, Joe Dodoo, Eduardo Herrera, Jason Holt and possibly even Jordan Rossiter need to be moved on having been loaned out. Rangers can't afford to carry passengers right now, and Gerrard may need to be decisive in offloading the dead wood.

Ryan Kent of Rangers evades Dedryck Boyata of Celtic on his way to scoring during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in...

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