Rangers could well make a couple of signings in the January transfer window if everything goes to plan as Giovanni van Bronckhorst sets out to add reinforcements.
There have been numerous players linked with the club over the previous few months, whilst January is either hit or miss when it comes to signings, there could be a case for the Dutchman to bring in a few faces to bolster the squad.
With Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey, and Joe Aribo potentially featuring for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations, there are some big gaps to be filled and these are some realistic options that could either be signed in January or tied down to a pre-contract agreement.
The Hearts defender is finally realising his potential after a horrible few years with injury problems. The Scot has been superb for the Edinburgh side this season as they currently occupy third place in the league. He has played 17 times and scored three goals in the Scottish Premiership this season [SofaScore].
There is no doubt that Rangers need defensive cover and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Ibrox side could sign him on a pre-contract from January. Although with the player being extensively linked with us recently [DailyRecord], it might make sense to test Hearts resolve with a bid next month.
The Dutchman has been linked with the club since the summer over a proposed move to Ibrox [DailyRecord] and he would be an excellent addition to the squad.
The 23-year-old is the current captain of Eredivisie side Vitesse and has featured for the Netherlands under 21 side in the past.
Another player whose contract expires in the summer, could van Bronckhorst be tempted to make a bid in January and secure the player for the rest of the season? He might well be the ideal replacement for Connor Goldson if rumours are to be believed Aston Villa would like to sign him.
Andreas Skov Olsen
Whilst the first two names are players who could fill a gap in the coming months, Skov Olsen would be an interesting choice to add some creativity out wide.
The Dane has been linked with Rangers for some time, with reports surfacing that the side is reportedly looking at him again [Sportwitness] amid concerns he is unhappy at current club Bologna.
With players such as Ianis Hagi and Aribo who are more naturally gifted in central roles being played out wide recently, the club could do no wrong in signing the 21-year-old.
He is talented and has already shown plenty of promise in the embryonic stages of his career so far, playing in Serie A and representing Denmark at Euro 2020 have shown how highly regarded he is.
With Scotland having a three-week winter break in January, then there will be plenty of time for van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson to analyse and make final judgments on what is required for the side to achieve success in the second half of the campaign.
In other news, the referee has been confirmed for Rangers final three matches before the winter break.