The Summer overhaul has only just finished, but which areas will Steven Gerrard need to address in January?
A total of 15 players came in over the course of the new Rangers manager’s revolution. From Allan McGregor to Gareth McAuley, Rangers look a lot more solid in terms of squad depth this season.
Not only that, the players have been proving as such since the campaign began. A terrific Europa League run has seen the Gers quality for Europan football proper. Added to that, Rangers have lost just one of their first five domestic games.
So far, life at Ibrox has been impressive for nearly each and every new signing.
So what areas are going to need tweaked come next January?
The left-wing issue
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The one that should scream out is left-wing. Ryan Kent continues to impress in flashes, and is surely on the verge of showing his true worth. Against Celtic, the on-loan Liverpool man wasn’t up to much, but he did show hard work throughout.
With Jamie Murphy injured for the season, however, depth has to be added in that area. Glenn Middleton is naturally a left-sided midfielder, but can operate on either side. Gerrard clearly sees him as one for the future, and will integrate him into the team more throughout the season.
Yet, in the meantime, Kent will need a hand operating down that side. The injury to Murphy came at a poor time for Gerrard and his staff. With the transfer window closing in, the club decided to stick with that they had.
It’s an issue that should be addressed in January for strong cover.
A quality number 10?
Secondly, and I’ll come out and say it – Scott Arfield hasn’t been up to much, has he?
The former Falkirk and Burnley midfielder arrived in Glasgow with decent pedigree. The attacking-midfielder is clearly good on the ball and has some real qualities.
Questions, however, must be asked about his ability to play in behind the strikers at a club like Rangers. Gerrard brought him in over the summer, but he’s yet to really steal the show.
The worrying thing is, outside of Arfield, once again options are limited. Graham Dorrans, Andy Halliday, and Ovie Ejaria can play centrally. But neither of them are out and out attacking midfielders.
If Rangers are to achieve the targets supporters want, then Arfield could do with either being upgraded or helped.
Outside of those positions, Rangers look incredibly strong all over the pitch. Question marks could be added about a fourth striker, but that’s only if Gerrard sticks with Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty up top.
Umar Sadiq is in reserve, and deserves a chance to show what he can do. Outside of that, however, the squad looks strong with not a lot of polishing needing done.