Rangers director of football Mark Allen is reportedly working on an Ibrox signing blitz for when Steven Gerrard officially takes up the reins at Ibrox with two strong centre-backs and a marquee striker his priorities.

The Daily Mail has reported that as well as Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor, Allen is looking to bolster the squad’s options at both ends of the pitch.

It is understood that part of this triple swoop would include two dominant defenders, and if that is the case then the Rangers transfer chief should look no further than Aston Villa captain John Terry, who will be out of contract within a matter of weeks.

Terry, 37, joined Villa last summer after his lengthy stay at Chelsea finally came to an end.

The defender is a former team-mate of Gerrard having both represented England together and definitely fits the mould of someone Allen is looking for.

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The five-times Premier League champion would be available for free and he has proved at Villa Park that he is not ready to give in on his career yet as his performances have helped take Steve Bruce’s side to the Championship play-offs.

He may have lost a lot of pace in the last few years, but as Clint Hill proved last season, it’s not the be all and end all of being a successful defender north of the border.

The Birmingham Mail has reported that Terry earns £4million-a-year at Villa Park, equating to £77,000-a-week. The defensive ace, who has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Villa this season, would surely have to take a pay cut in order to switch to Ibrox, but it would certainly be worth it to have one last shot at some major silverware before calling it a day.

In other Rangers news, both the Gers and Celtic are in the running to sign this £100,000-a-week Premier League midfielder who will be available in the summer.

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