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8th Jun, 2018 | 4:03pm

Rangers manager could fill first-team hole with current Ibrox star more than comfortable there


Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is expected to oversee a massive transformation of the Ibrox squad this summer – but he could use a first-team star already with the Light Blues to fill a problem position.

The Light Blues are woefully short of bodies in both full-back positions with James Tavernier and Declan John having very little in the way of backup.

Club captain Lee Wallace looks almost certain to be on his way out of the club while Lee Hodson and Andy Halliday, who filled in at left-back in the final games of the season, are likely to follow suit.

That leaves Gerrard looking to the Gers’ Academy with the likes of Myles Beerman and Jordan Houston potential options in the Under-20s if something were to happen to John or Tavernier.

Former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack – now widely thought of as a central midfielder – is another who could move to right-back and possibly save the need to bring in a new player altogether.

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Jack was a regular in the role at Pittodrie and even made his Scotland debut as a right-back in the draw with Holland back in February so he knows the position well.

One problem might be that he isn’t capable of fitting in there in the way Gerrard wants his full-backs to influence the game but there’s little doubt he’s more than comfortable playing there if needed.

After a standout season last term, Tavernier isn’t likely to be going anywhere soon but with little in the way of depth should something happen, Gerrard could already have a ready-made replacement at his disposal.

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