By Harvey Byrne

BBC pundit and former Scotland international Michael Stewart has blasted the current Rangers team, claiming them to look “fragile and vulnerable.”

The Ibrox giants made their return to Scotland’s top-flight in the last campaign, but it ended up being a disappointing one for the prestigious club as they finished in third place after departing with promotion winning manager Mark Warburton.

Now, after much change under March appointment Pedro Caixinha, which has seen the club bring in 11 senior players the side are still struggling in third place after six games and also suffered a humiliating loss in the Europa League qualification stage.

This has led to Stewart claiming the team is still looking fragile and that while there have been some good signings over the summer, there is still players in the side who have question marks hanging over them.

“What is it that’s happening at Rangers? Where’s the direction? There’s been moments of good play in Rangers this season in the games in the league but they still look very fragile and vulnerable,” told Stewart, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.

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“There’s been some good signings, no doubt about that. I think [Alfredo] Morelos has shown himself to be an astute piece of business. You look at [Graham] Dorrans and [Ryan] Jack – clever signings.

“For every one of them, there’s ones that you would think the Rangers support are asking questions about as well. There’s a real mixed bag and the next week perhaps might start to bring a bit of clarity to where they’re going.”

Rangers’ next league game will see them take on fierce rivals Celtic at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby, which they haven’t been able to pick up victory from since their April 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final penalty win.