Steven Gerrard spoke yesterday ahead of the crunch Europa League qualifying return leg with NK Osijek, and the Rangers boss was asked about more possible incomings as the transfer window prepares to slam shut.
The Gers boss has been a busy man over the past couple of months, signing no less than 10 players as he bids to shake the team up and challenge for major honours come the end of the 2018/19 season.
The 38-year-old is still after a couple more names to add to his roster but, with just nine days remaining for clubs across the UK to get their business done, now is arguably the trickiest time to get things right.
And that is something Gerrard is very aware of.
He said on the eve of Rangers’ clash with Osijek, as quoted by the Daily Record: “We still want to add a few targets into the group, but I won’t be mentioning names or players that belong to different football clubs. I don’t think that is right.
“We haven’t got much time left and every manager out there is in a rush. But at the same time, we won’t make rushed decisions. If the right person is not out there or the deal is not right or we can’t get it over the line, that’s just the way it is. We have to make sure the right people are coming in the door.”
Gerrard is right. With such little time remaining in the window it would be very easy for a manager to make knee-jerk decision over players, and risk upsetting the team dynamic.
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There is an argument that the former England captain is perhaps being slightly naive given that he probably does need another defender and another striker, but his stance actually shows him to be level-headed, and thinking about what is best for team cohesion.
You cannot be clamouring to bring in players last minute and then find out weeks down the line that it was the wrong decision.
So far Gerrard has impressed with his authoritarian style of leadership on Rangers’ training ground, but he is arguably now showing himself to be quite the methodical thinker as well.