Rangers

By Russell Edge

Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has voiced his concerns over the attacking quality in the club’s squad ahead of the upcoming season.

The Gers have scored just twice in their three matches of the summer, with their one goal in two legs against Progres Niederkorn not enough to prevent a shock exit from the Europa League qualifiers.

Their other match saw them pick up a 1-1 draw against Marseille in a pre-season friendly, which saw a number of Pedro Caixinha’s nine new arrivals take part.

However, despite the influx of new talent to the squad, Rae, who came through the youth ranks at Ibrox, believes that the Portuguese manager needs to prioritise working on his attack, having been unimpressed by the performances so far.

He states that other clubs may look to adopt a defensive mentality when facing the Gers and says he is worried that the side may struggle for goals.

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He told the Evening Times: “If you look at the games they have played so far, whether they be friendlies or the European games, they’ve been struggling to break teams down.

“Rangers need to find a way of unlocking doors – they need to come up with a solution for that.

“It does concern me, even at this early stage, just where the goals are going to come from.

“They are going to come up against teams who are going to set up defensively, and they have to adapt to that.”

At the present Caixinha has veteran striker Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and new arrivals Alfredo Morelos and Eduardo Herrera as his senior options up front.

However his ongoing overhaul of the squad could see that all change, having already let forward Barrie McKay depart for Nottingham Forest earlier this summer, while the club have been reported to have made a bid for Hearts winger Jamie Walker.

Rangers kick off their upcoming Scottish Premiership campaign with a visit to Motherwell on August 6, as they look to close the gap on Celtic and Aberdeen after a third placed finish last season.

In other Rangers news, an English side have shown interest in the club’s 26-year-old.

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