The Rangers season ended with a whimper, made worse by Celtic’s march to a treble.

And for all the progress we have made this season, we couldn’t stop our greatest rivals winning nine trophies on the bounce.

Next year, thing’s have got to be different. Without making outlandish predictions, Rangers have got to wrestle back trophies. And there are three players who are central to what we simply must achieve.

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA – AUGUST 16: Steven Gerrard, head coach of FC Rangers celebrates after the 2nd Leg football match between NK Maribor and Rangers FC in 3rd Qualifying Round of UEFA Europa League 2018/19, on August 16, 2018, in Maribor, Slovenia. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

James Tavernier

Our best player. There, I said it. Any doubters of Tavernier need only look at the lack of weaponry we had at Rugby Park last week.

The marauding full-back provides goals, assists and can step up in big games. He has, to his credit, worked to iron (most of) the deficiencies out of his game this season.

 

I fully back him to have his most influential in a Rangers shirt next year. Our captain.

James Tavernier has taken his game up a level since he has been given the captaincy. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scott Arfield

The Canadian is another who is ridiculously influential in our side. In a fledgeling Rangers side, Arfield showed his class at times.

As the team settled, and Rangers pushed him forward, he has really begun to show how good he is. This is a Premier League midfielder who is desperate to be successful with us.

We’re half building the side around him already.

Scott Arfield has grown into his role at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ryan Kent (?)

Ok, so maybe I’m being advantageous here. But, if we can secure Kent, next season he will show why his fellow professionals voted him the Young Player of the Year.

Kent has come alive in Scotland, in front of a crowd that adores him. If he’s given that stage, expect him to iron out immaturities, realise the role he has at Ibrox, and make us love the wee man even more.

Ryan Kent has been on superb form for Rangers this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

 

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