Rangers’ transfer targets are a key sign of just how far the club has come over the last few years.

Going back to when Steven Gerrard came through the door, Rangers have signed plenty of talent. The likes of Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, and Lassana Coulibaly have been huge successes.

Much has been made of the Gerrard factor, and he’s been by far Rangers’ best signing. His confidence on the touchline and ability to pluck a player from any part of the world is looking like a masterstroke by Dave King.

Steven Gerrard’s arrival has been a masterstroke by Dave King (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite that, however, the latest batch of transfer targets are looking even more impressive than the players in the door. Dominic Solanke, Steven Davis, and Scott McTominay have all been in the discussions about potential new signings. To be frank, this is a long way from signing the likes of Sebastien Faure, Ian Black, and Kevin Kyle.

Better yet, this is even a much-higher caliber of player than Martyn Waghorn, Joey Barton, and Harry Forrester.

Over the last several years, Rangers have slowly been growing despite some real batterings on the pitch. The standard of player has slowly gotten higher, and is now up there with the Rangers of old in terms of quality transfer targets.

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The likes of Davis, Solanke, and McTominay wouldn’t even have been considered as anywhere near attainable even last season. Rangers now have a different aura about the place, and it’s becoming a club where good players want to play their football.

You’ll all have your own opinions on whether Rangers can actually get the three players mentioned above. Davis looks like the most certain if any are to arrive through the Ibrox door.

Could Dominic Solanke be on his way to Ibrox? (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The fact is, however that the Gers are finally being linked with this kind of talent. The club are now in a position to get highly-rated youngsters and give them a platform. It’s the kind of thing Rangers’ city neighbors have been doing for years. Finally, Rangers can now match them in certain situations.

Whilst everyone has been groaning about the displays in recent season, Rangers seem to have slowly grown off the park. It’s all culminated in Gerrard’s arrival, which has certainly lifted the place.

The transfer targets, however, show a new level of ambition and growth that we didn’t know was there.

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