The season isn’t even over yet but attention has already started turning towards the new campaign as sides eye up transfer targets – but some of the names reportedly interesting Rangers aren’t exactly the sort to get the optimism flowing for fans.

Steven Gerrard’s side have already confirmed the signing of Jordan Jones on a pre-contract from Kilmarnock while a number of other Scottish-based players have also been linked with moves to Ibrox.

Belfast , Ireland - 24 March 2019; Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group C match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at the National Football Stadium in Windsor Park, Belfast.

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Birmingham City’s Greg Stewart is one who looks as though he’s Ibrox-bound this summer after spending the season on loan with Kilmarnock and Aberdeen – but the 29-year-old is nowhere near good enough to make a drastic improvement to the Gers squad.

Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu has also been linked with a switch to Ibrox and the thought of the former Cambridge man replacing Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe is utterly ridiculous.

13th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Heart of Midlothian versus Caledonian Thistle; Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts celebrates at full time

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Another Hearts man, John Souttar, has also been linked to the Gers and although he’d make a good option to compete with Connor Goldson and Niko Katic, he’s not going to walk in the door and immediately come into the Rangers starting XI.

Even the signing of Jones is a bit of an odd one given the wealth of options Gerrard already has in that area of the pitch.

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The return of Jamie Murphy will add to Eros Grezda, Glenn Middleton, Scott Arfield and (maybe) Ryan Kent who are all more than capable of competing for starts on the left wing.

 

Jones might well be a good back-up option but he’s another who isn’t going to strengthen the starting XI.

It’s maybe just lazy reporting so far and throwing names at a wall and seeing what sticks but if this is as good as it’s going to get for signings over the summer then it could be a long season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian F.C. scores his team's second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Hopefully, as the summer progresses we’ll get a better idea of the quality of player Gerrard is targeting.

There’s no need to bring in 10-12 bodies this summer and fill out the squad but rather a pressing need for a jump in quality in some key areas.

If Gerrard gets that right, he should find his Rangers squad right on Celtic’s heels in the new season.