Rangers

BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus has raved about the five signings that Rangers made in the January transfer window and how they have helped transform Graeme Murty’s squad.

Jamie Murphy, Greg Docherty, Jason Cummings, Russell Martin and Sean Goss all arrived at Ibrox in the winter and all of them have managed to hit the ground running, impressing fans and helping the Gers move within six points of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic and set up a Scottish Cup semi-final clash with their Old Firm rivals.

Former Hibernian striker McManus admits that Murty has made positive changes in Govan, but believes that one major negative has been how frail they have looked at the back at times.

The BBC pundit has suggested that the experience Bruno Alves may have to be used against Celtic in the league meeting between the two Glasgow heavyweights next week as Murty’s side has shown a massive weakness in defending set-pieces.

“Jamie Murphy,Greg Docherty,Jason Cummings, Russell Martin and Sean Goss have given them not only pace and energy, but a real solid, British spine running through the team. They look a totally transformed team and along with Morelos and Windass in superb goalscoring form, they will really fancy their chances of turning over Celtic,” McManus said on the Herald website.

He added: “At the back Rangers still don’t look completely assured, particularly from set pieces, so it could be that Bruno Alves comes back in to solidify that area of the park.”

Football Insider verdict

McManus is spot on with his assessment of how Rangers have been performing lately. In attack and midfield, the Light Blues have been rampant, scoring a huge amount of goals. However since the winter break they have kept just four clean sheets in 10 cup and league games, conceding goals against the likes of Ross County, Ayr, Falkirk and the three shipped at Hamilton. Celtic’s attackers will take advantage of that next weekend. Moussa Dembele’s form is improving and Odsonne Edouard has shown he is a good late addition off the bench. Scottish football needed this level of competitiveness back between Rangers and Celtic and this weekend’s clash is going to be absolutely massive.

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