Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hasn’t wasted any time in bringing new players to Ibrox with five new signings already in the door this summer – with a noticeable shift towards a more physical type of player.
So far Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Allan McGregor, Ovie Ejaria and Nikola Katic have all signed for the Light Blues this summer, with Brighton defender Connor Goldson expected to follow shortly.
With central defenders Katic and Goldson both standing at 6’4″ and Ejaria hitting 6′ then there’s a real move towards the type of players who can cope with the rough and tumble of Scottish football.
Last season, in particular, Rangers looked to struggle when teams roughed them up a bit and looked to shell balls forward in the hope of winning aerial duels.
Bruno Alves did well at clearing his lines in these scenarios last season – David Bates did ok too – but the likes of Fabio Cardoso, Russell Martin and Ross McCrorie were caught out by it consistently.
Katic and Goldson are two imposing defenders who aren’t afraid to go up for headers and have the physical presence the Gers have needed in recent seasons.
Ejaria is also someone that will bring a physical presence to the Gers’ side in midfield beside players who are more reliant on their technical attributes.
With more players still expected to arrive at Ibrox this summer, there could well be more physically imposing players signed as Gerrard continues to rebuild his squad.
Despite signing a number of players who should be more than capable of looking after themselves, it’s unlikely it will come at the expense of playing with some style.
Talented attackers such as Daniel Candeias, Jamie Murphy and Josh Windass will be expected to bring a bit of skill to what should be a much more physical Rangers side than last season.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.