Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is close to securing the signing of former Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel, according to reports, and the Slovakian should immediately be appointed captain when he is confirmed as the Gers’ newest signing.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Gers are close to bringing to veteran back to British football, two years after he left Anfield to sign for Fenerbahce.

With current club captain Lee Wallace suspended and looking unlikely to ever kick a ball for the Gers again, Gerrard will almost certainly have to appoint a new skipper when he officially takes the reins on June 1st.

Given his long history with Skrtel and the fact that he clearly has massive trust in him then it makes sense that Gerrard gives his former team-mate the armband and makes him captain.

It’s clear that the big Slovakian will take no prisoners and after lacking leadership on the park in recent years, the Champions League winner is the perfect on-field figurehead for Gerrard’s side.

Although the likes of James Tavernier, Graham Dorrans and Bruno Alves skippered the side at various points of last season, there are none who have as close a relationship or exude the same sort of qualities of former Gers captains as Skrtel.

Now Ranger just need to get his signature on a contract.

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