Rangers could be set to launch a swoop for released former West Ham defender James Collins – and the Ibrox giants need to kill the idea before they make what would be a horrible mistake.

According to the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard wants to bring the 34-year-old to Ibrox after his release by the Hammers but the 34-year-old would be a massive step backwards for the Light Blues.

The Gers badly need new defenders but a move for the 50-times capped Welshman will only be a costly signing for a player who doesn’t really have the pedigree that make him someone the Light Blues desperately need.

After seemingly missing out on Martin Skrtel, Collins doesn’t come close to being a like-for-like swap for the Slovakian defender and there must be better targets available for the Light Blues to pursue this summer.

With Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso already at the club and Aidan Wilson and Ross McCrorie also alternatives in central defence, the Gers need to bring someone in who is going to shore up a defence which has been leaking far too many goals – and Collins simply doesn’t fit the bill as the answer to the Light Blues’ problems.

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