Exclusive: McNamara predicts 'stronger' Rangers in Celtic fight, singles out weak spot at Ibrox


Jackie McNamara says that Steven Gerrard needs a new left back at Ibrox as he predicts a ‘stronger’ Rangers to fight Celtic.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he expects the Gers to be a more competitive side in challenging the Hoops at the top of the table but that the summer transfer window still has a long way to go.

Gerrard was quoted as saying that he would be happy with his current squad at Ibrox if he could get another centre back on board, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic his only two senior options heading into next season.

However, McNamara think he is barking up the wrong tree and insists an upgrade on the left-hand side of the defence is a must if his side are going to pose a threat to the Bhoys, with Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan not doing enough to impress.

“I think he’s got a lot of players on his books, obviously the one position he really wants is a centre back,” McNamara told Football Insider.

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“I still think he needs a new left back – with the Croatian lad (Barisic), to play between him and (Jon) Flanagan. That’s assuming he keeps everyone else, (James) Tavernier and (Alfredo) Morelos, Defoe obviously there.

“He’s got a lot of players, other ones coming back from injury and he’s brought in (Greg) Stewart, (Jake) Hastie, (Jordan) Jones. I think they’ll be a bit stronger but there’s still a lot to happen between the both camps in terms of going in and out.” 

Rangers have already added a number of new recruits this summer with a mix of pre-contract deals and free agent signings, Joe Aribo’s arrival from Charlton the latest done deal for Gerrard.

However, the majority have bolstered the manager’s attacking options with Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart and Jordan Jones all operating in the final third.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that a Champions League side have set their sights on signing an Ibrox ace this summer.