COMMENT By Wayne Veysey
Rangers’ PR machine has gone into overdrive this week as the Steven Gerrard revolution takes shape.
Tantalising big names have been briefed to Glasgow journalists as firm targets at the same time as deals are completed for Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor.
The duo are rock-solid arrivals who will walk into the first team, while lacking the stardust of the likes of Jermain Defoe, Lucas Leiva, Dominic Solanke and Martin Skrtel.
Gerrard’s plans for reinforcing the backline also lack dazzle, but they are hugely encouraging for supporters who have watched the incumbents fumble their lines all season.
Football Insider has learned that Gerrard has made defensive reinforcements his top priority as he looks to build a side capable of challenging champions Celtic next season.
Football Insider revealed yesterday that, in addition to Goldson, Gerrard is looking to bring in another two centre-backs to help shore up Gers’ backline.
Gerrard has earmarked one of the centre-backs arriving on a permanent basis, another on loan and another on a free transfer as he wheels and deals with his transfer kitty at Rangers.
This is huge significant as another massive overhaul of the playing squad takes shape.
Of the centre-backs who have played regularly this season, David Bates is off to Hamburg, Bruno Alves is injury-prone and over the hill, Fabio Cardoso is not up to it, Russell Martin has gone back to Norwich and will not return and Danny Wilson was sold to the MLS in January.
Rising star Ross McCrorie could eventually settle down as a polished centre-back, but he currently looks more comfortable in a midfield anchorman role.
Rangers were actually the top scorers in the Scottish Premiership this season with 73 goals, but they conceded 50 goals, which was the most of any of the sides in the top six.
Celtic conceded only 25 goals as they went on to claim a seventh successive title this season and Gerrard knows his side must be similarly watertight.
The triple centre-back raid is a smart move, and lays the foundations to transform the 2018-19 title race.
The key, of course, is the identity of the defenders brought in. Get those right and eight-in-a-row is not nailed on.