Former Rangers striker Billy Dodds insists his former club had to sign defenders Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – or the Gers would have “struggled again” when the season gets underway.

Goldson and Katic will link up with their new team-mates at the club’s Spanish training camp this week as Gerrard puts his side through their paces ahead of the new campaign.

Dodds thinks teams “fancied themselves to score” against the Gers last season as they shipped far too many goals – and the former Gers star is looking forward to seeing if Goldson and Katic can “stiffen” the Light Blues defence.

“They had to sort out the centre-half position,” said Dodds, as quoted by the BBC.

“Teams fancied themselves to score against Rangers. It’ll be interesting to see what Katic and Goldson bring to them, see if they can stiffen them up.

“It’s a position they had identified and they had to sort because if they had gone with what they’ve got, they would’ve struggled again next time, simple as that.”

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Football Insider verdict:

It was clear to anyone that watched the Gers for more than ten minutes last season that their defence is a real problem. Steven Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen haven’t wasted time in strengthening the defence and Gers fans will be desperate to see them in action. Both Goldson and Katic come to Ibrox with impressive pedigrees and will need to hit the ground running. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how Gerrard sets his team up tactically and if he adjusts the Gers shape to offer more protection to the central defenders or whether he is confident the improved quality means there’s no need for a tactical shift. With only a handful of friendly games until the competitive action gets underway, Gerrard will need to make sure his work on the training ground sticks. Gerrard also has Bruno Alves to come back into his squad and offer him some more depth defensively.

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