As speculation rages over the identity of the next Rangers manager – with Steven Gerrard the favourite – it must not mean that matters on the park should be forgotten about.

The Gers were pitiful in their 5-0 loss to Celtic on Sunday, with problems all over the pitch, but particularly in defence, where Ross McCrorie and Russell Martin were given the runaround all day.

McCrorie does at least have plenty of potential, and another player who has that in spades is Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, who the Gers must make a move for in the summer.

Director of football Mark Allen seems to have identified players who know the Scottish game as one of the main factors in the players he has signed for the Gers, and the 21-year-old certainly fits the bill.

He has been a rock at the heart of defence for an Aberdeen side which are favourites to finish ahead of the Gers in he league table for the second year in a row, and he was deservedly nominated as Scotland’s young player of the year.

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The next Gers boss will have to decide if McCrorie will be in defence or midfield going forward, but a partnership of McKenna and McCrorie could sustain the Gers for years to come and give them a sold foundation to build on.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd wants Derek McInnes to become the next Gers manager

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