Rangers have missed out on the signing of veteran Slovakian international Martin Skrtel, so must double their efforts to land Kyle Bartley as part of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution.

The Daily Record have quoted Srtel’s agent as saying that a deal for Skrtel is now “impossible” after suggestions the 33-year-old would cost £5million as a transfer fee then £60,000 per week in wages.

The Ibrox giants have also been reported to be interested in Swansea’s Bartley and bringing the former Arsenal youngster back to Ibrox now looks to be the Light Blues best option to shore up a leaky defence.

Bartley is believed to prefer a move to Leeds United this summer over moving to Rangers but director of football Mark Allen and Gerrard need to do everything to convince him his future lies at Ibrox.

Whatever happens, Gerrard needs to bring new defenders in this summer as David Bates and Russell Martin depart and Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves fail to convince fans they are worthy of a starting place next season.

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A deal for Bartley could potentially cost similar to the figures mentioned for Skrtel – which will cause some to want to pull the plug – but at 27, signing Bartley for £5million is entirely different to a 33-year-old Skrtel.

He’d still command a sell-on fee, for one.

Defence is the single most important issue for Gerrard this summer.

With one target having already been missed this summer, the Gers cant afford to lose another ahead of Gerrard taking the reins at Ibrox officially on June 1st.

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