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13th Jun, 2018 | 8:44am

'It's paramount' - Former Rangers star gives verdict on what Gerrard must fix at Ibrox

Former Rangers star Alex Rae insists Steven Gerrard needs to ensure his side have a solid backline this season – and thinks the Gers need “defensive stalwarts.”

The Gers have added Nikola Katic to the squad and are reported to be close to signing Brighton’s Connor Goldson as Gerrard revamps his defence.

Rae believes the “chopping and changing” last season had a big effect on the Gers and thinks it is important that the Gers defensive pairing “strike up a partnership.”

“It’s paramount to have a solid backline,” Rae said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“Anyone watching Rangers last year would have seen the centre-half position was constantly chopping and changing.

“So it will be important for Goldson and Katic to strike up a partnership. That’s something Rangers have lacked for a while. You need defensive stalwarts.

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“You want players to build up relationships so you are not chopping and changing every week.”

Football Insider verdict:

The Gers have been in dire need of new defenders and the signing of Katic is a step in the right direction. If the Light Blues can get a deal for Goldson over the line too then it should make for a vast improvement. The Gers shipped far too many goals last season and their defence was as big a part of the Gers’ problems as anything else. After going through various different partnerships last season, the Gers need a consistent partnership in defence moving forward. Katic and Goldson look as though they will be Gerrard’s first picks and both will need to hit the ground running. With Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso likely to be sidelined following their arrivals, one – or both – could be on their way out of Ibrox before the end of the transfer window as Gerrard clears some of the deadwood out from his squad.

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