Rangers have rubbished claims they are chasing free agent defender Martin Skrtel, according to a report, after they were linked with a move for the veteran for the third consecutive transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reports that the Light Blues have “categorically” ruled out a move for Steven Gerrard’s former team-mate after the Daily Record claimed he was on his way to Glasgow for talks.
Rangers have been linked with a move for Skrtel in every window since Gerrard took the reins last summer and it simply feels like a lazy attempt at creating some buzz around him.
After Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley left the club this summer, there’s a need to add defensive reinforcements but Skrtel would be a particularly expensive addition for what would likely be a backup.
Connor Goldson and Niko Katic are the obvious choice to start the season as Gerrard’s first-choice defensive pairing – with Goldson’s place virtually guaranteed already.
Katic might have a little bit more to do but after impressing over the last 12 months, the Croatian will be hoping for a prolonged run in the team.
While it’s clear that Gerrard definitely wants a new defender, it seems a safe bet that it won’t be Skrtel.