Rangers look set to face an agonising wait for more January signings as their Champions League bid depends on Giovanni van Bronckhorst bringing in another couple of bodies to strengthen the side.

With the winners of the league title this season practically guaranteeing a spot in the group stages of next season’s lucrative Champions League, with a £40m windfall to boot, the next ten days are vital as the side chase glory.

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The manager has already signed James Sands from New York City on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy as well as securing the services of Hearts defender John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement.

Souttar will join in the summer unless an agreement is reached with Hearts for him to move to Rangers now, yet this doesn’t look likely.

Rangers need a few more signings to boost Champions League hopes

Following the 1-1 draw against Aberdeen, it’s clear that the Ibrox side needs at least a right-winger and another midfielder.

Although there have been plenty of signings during the previous few transfer windows, there can be an argument made for there being a distinct lack of starting XI quality amongst them, with the vast majority being good squad players and filling in gaps.

Players such as John Lundstram, Juninho Bacuna, and Fashion Sakala have all had varying degrees of success since they arrived in the summer, but none have significantly improved the starting XI.

With van Bronckhorst being interested in Andreas Skov Olsen [DailyRecord] and PSG sensation Xavi Simons [RMCSport], these are the sort of players who could slot straight into the starting XI and improve the team.

The Rangers faithful will back the manager regardless of what he does, the team has been playing well recently and we are chasing glory on three fronts.

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Another couple of additions would be more than welcome though, it could be a long ten days.

Meanwhile, Joe Aribo faces a tricky tie with Nigeria as they take on Tunisia in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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