Graeme Souness claims Steven Gerrard's Rangers squad lacks 'a bit of quality'

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers will be hoping to add trophies to their cabinet next season.

(L-R) Jamie Carragher, Louis Saha, Graeme Souness and Sky Sports presenter David Jones during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on...

Graeme Souness has stated that the Rangers squad 'lacks quality' and admitted that manager Steven Gerrard can't say that because he needs to keep the players 'onside'. 

Former England international Gerrard is in his first managerial job and he has helped the Light Blues finish as runners-up in the Scottish Premiership - but the trophies eluded him in his debut campaign.

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That is something Gerrard will be looking to put right next term and in order for him to do that he'll need to bulk up his squad for the following campaign.

 

Former Scotland international Souness offered his honest thoughts on the season Gerrard has had and where the problems lie for the Englishman. 

“Yes, he’s done very well,” Souness told Herald Scotland. "They’re far closer to Celtic, even though they’ve slipped up in some games. The word ‘inconsistency’ springs to mind but that can happen when you have a group of players, I need to be careful what I say here, but he’s lacking in quality and he knows that.

"Steven can’t say that because he needs to keep those players onside but he lacks a bit of quality. Even so, they’re not a million miles away; results suggest that because they’re only nine points behind and that’s closer than they’ve been for years.

"I would see them improving again next year, although they need to get some more players in. There are two ways to do that – you either buy them or promote them through your system."

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; Gary McAllister and Steven Gerrard of Rangers watch from the stand

The biggest disappointment for Gerrard this season would have been their performances in the domestic competitions. The Gers didn't even make it to Hampden, which was the one dampener on their campaign. 

Added with that, the ill-discipline from his players,  particularly striker Alfredo Morelos ended up proving to be costly to his team and maybe their league position. 

Their performances in Europe were some of the positives, as was the football they played and the performances of some of the loan players such as Ryan Kent.  

Ryan Kent of Rangers vies with Darren McGregor of Hibernian during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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