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With former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard at the helm, Rangers look set for a summer of transformation which will determine not only their own future but the prospects of Scottish football as a whole.

The Gers are undoubtedly the second biggest team in Scotland at the moment, behind fierce rivals and reigning champions Celtic, but the gap which has grown between the Light Blues and the Hoops is perhaps bigger than it has ever been in the top flight.

The situation at Ibrox has been tumultuous this season, with Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty both struggling in the dugout, amid dressing room bust ups and European disappointments, and it seems a summer of much change is on the horizon with Gerrard in charge.

With Kenny Miller, one of those involved in the aforementioned fight, destined to leave, and Alfredo Morelos too hit-and-miss to be a regular threat, new bodies are needed up front, and they should certainly be looking closer to home for recruitment – namely a former Gers star.

Kyle Lafferty, currently hitting the goals home with Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts, scored 36 goals in 134 appearances for the Light Blues before leaving as one of the many names to depart in the wake of the 2012 collapse at Ibrox.

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A Rangers-mad fan at heart, the 30-year-old admitted to the Daily Record that in hindsight he would have stayed with the club instead of leaving, and revealed he would be more than open to a return.

Gerrard needs players who are proven talents and also willing to put their lives on the line for the club, and if fans can accept Lafferty’s apology for the way they parted ways six years ago, then he would be a brilliant, if shocking, signing to try and close the gap at the top, having netted 18 times in 39 appearances for Hearts.

In other Rangers news, the dressing room verdict on Gerrard proves this is the beginning of the end for Celtic.

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