Rangers legend Ally McCoist concerned about Martin Skrtel reports

Manager Ally McCoist of Rangers celebrates following his team's victory over Berwick Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard's former Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel has again been linked with Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

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...

Rangers legend Ally McCoist has expressed his concerns about the potential addition of Martin Skrtel as rumours once again link the Glasgow giants with Steven Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate, speaking on talkSPORT (27 June, 9am).

The Daily Record dragged up a one-year old rumour on Wednesday night. They claim that Rangers are hoping to finally bring Skrtel to Ibrox at the third attempt after holding initial talks with the 34-year-old Slovakia captain.

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The Gers were quoted £5 million when they tried to sign the veteran last summer, a fee that immediately priced them out. But with Skrtel’s £60,000-a-week contract at Fenerbahce running down, it seems that a long-awaited switch might actually be on the cards this time around.

 

Skrtel is expected to travel to Glasgow in the coming days for discussions about what would be one of the most eye-catching transfers of the summer.

Though McCoist was quick to point out that Bruno Alves, an experienced and hugely successful Portuguese international who joined The Gers in 2017, struggled to adapt to Scottish football in his old age, expressing concerns about whether Skrtel could endure similar problems.

Bruno Alves of Rangers attempts an overhead kick during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

"Whether he’s still got it…I’d hope so,” McCoist said.

“Rangers signed Bruno Alves before, a top, top-class centre-half but that didn’t really work out.”

Skrtel endured a miserable 2018/19 season with relegation threatened Fenerbahce but his big-game experience and leadership skills could perhaps make him an inspired addition on and off the pitch in a youthful Rangers squad.

Krasnodar's Brazilian forward Wanderson (R) vies for the ball with Fenerbahce's Slovak defender Martin Skrtel (R) during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match...

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