Speaking on the Fourladshadadream Podcast, Rangers legend, Ian Ferguson, has offered transfer advice to Steven Gerrard, suggesting he must balance the side by adding more aggressive, committed players.
Gerrard has had the benefit of four transfer windows are Gers boss and over that time he’s almost completely transformed the playing squad.
He’s allowed many to leave and has brought in a mixture of experienced operators such as Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, alongside cheap but talented prospects like Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo, whilst also making a number of pre-contract and loan signings.
He’s built a squad that has surpassed expectation in Europe and for the opening months of this season, looked like mounting a serious challenge for the Premiership title.
Clearly, amidst a global health crisis, the league is on hold, but a dramatic dip in form after the winter break had realistically ruled the Gers out of the running anyway.
As a result, Ferguson believes more new faces are required for 2020/21 if silverware is to return to the club.
“The players that are there have got to realise that the Rangers jersey is a very heavy jersey to wear because of the demands and expectations from the crowd,” he told the Fourladshadadream Podcast. “You have got to be winning.”
“We haven’t got that balance in the team at the moment where we have got these players that will go out there and run through a brick wall for you. We need players that are going to be doing that and taking Rangers forward.
“We need to take a look at ourselves, dust ourselves down and go again. Getting a better quality of player is what we need at this moment in time, and I know that costs money and we don’t have a lot of money.
“So we need to be creative and find the players in the lower leagues or lower divisions that you get the right type in.”
Ferguson is about as qualified as it gets when it comes to talking about winning silverware with Rangers.
The 53-year-old spent 12 years of his career at Ibrox and won a remarkable 18 major honours, including ten league titles, five League Cups and three Scottish Cups.
It’s hard to disagree with him here, either.
It was clear for all to see before the turn of the year, that Rangers had markedly improved. Man for man, they showed themselves to be as good, if not better than Celtic on any given day.
However, following the winter break, injuries and suspensions exposed a lack of squad depth, while there was an absence of genuine steel to Gers performances.
When passing and patterns of play are out of sync, there needs to be an underlying ultra-competitive nature to fall back on, to ensure results are ground out.
With defeats to Hearts (twice), Kilmarnock and Hamilton Accies coming in quick succession in 2020, there’s simply not been enough evidence of that toughness and it looks as though new faces will be required for next season.