Former Rangers player Gordan Petric has had his say on the club’s current form and requirements in the upcoming transfer window, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The Belgrade-born defender played for the Gers between 1995 and 1998. During that time, he won four major honours, including two Scottish top flight titles.

He also spent time with Dundee United, Hearts and further afield, with AEK Athens.

Petric turning out for Hearts against Aberdeen back in 2000. (Photo by Michael Steele /Allsport / Getty Images)

Now, he’s made the move into coaching. After serving as assistant manager with Partizan, he’s recently got the top job with AEL in the Greek Super League.

He still plays close attention to how the Gers are faring, though.

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Petric impressed by Gerrard’s side

“I saw them against Celtic and you can see a far superior team to the one which has been in place over recent years,” said Petric, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Whether they can challenge Celtic is the big question and they need to add a couple of big players who can add that magic which is missing. Players who can change a team from challenger to one that can be a champion.

 

“We had Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup who were so special but we also had the likes of Ally McCoist and Gordon Durie who would deliver for you. These aren’t easy players to find but Gerrard has to try. The current side are a good one but there’s an absence of that creative force. I was lucky to play with Paul and Brian and these are rare talents.

“But we had a core group of Scottish boys just as is the case now. We had Barry Ferguson, Richard Gough, Stuart McCall, Durie and all the rest. You can see Gerrard knows the value of that with Ryan Jack, Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield. They are the heart of this side.”

The 49-year-old was involved with Partizan’s Europa League campaign this season. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Verdict

Petric is spot on with his observations here.

The Gers have been superb recently and as the top scorers in the SPL, the goals have often flowed freely.

However, at times, away at places such as Hibs and Killie, they have lacked that no.10 who can unlock a robust, physical opposition defence.

As for ‘the heart of the side’, he’s right that McGregor, Arfield, and Jack are highly influential.

Three Scottish-born players who know all about what it means to play for Rangers and have had strong seasons in the famous jersey.

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