Why Rangers shouldn't impulsively buy newly linked centre-back
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Why Rangers don't need to sign Craig Halkett

New speculation today has Rangers linked with Livingston defender Craig Halkett, but do they really need him?

The BBC’s Gossip Column has taken the report from Football Insider about Rangers being interested in the Livi centre-back. Apparently, the  defender’s display against Rangers a couple of weeks ago impressed Steven Gerrard. So much so that the Gers could look to seal an early deal for the defender.

Firstly, you have to imagine competition for Halkett could be high. His reputation is growing at a massive rate thanks to Livi’s early-season defensive impressions. The former Rangers academy graduate has impressed so far this season, and especially in Livi’s 1-0 win over Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Livingston’s Craig Halkett has made a positive start to life in the Premiership (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Several English sides will no doubt be in the running for him, and Rangers don’t need to be embroiled in any bidding wars.

Secondly, Halkett has yet to truly prove himself on a consistent basis. Can he still perform to this level when the rest of his team-mates are struggling? Can he maintain his own form for the majority of the season? It’s still early and we’re only just heading into October – nothing is won or proven at this stage of the season.

Campaign has only just begun

Whilst Halkett has impressed in Livingston’s games so far, the campaign has barely gotten underway. Signing him on the back of a few good displays would be too short-sighted. Looking at his form in the Championship doesn’t mean much either. Look how good Mark Warburton’s side seemed in that division.

Finally, and perhaps most pertinently, Rangers don’t need a fifth centre-back. They already have four who are looking to be first-choices. At the moment, Connor Goldson and Joe Worrall are the two who Gerrard is choosing on a consistent basis. The likes of Nikola Katic and Gareth McAuley are also in reserve.

The likes of Connor Goldson don’t deserve to be dropped anytime soon (David Aliaga/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Katic has impressed during the early part of the season, and he’ll be a big player for Rangers in the long-term. As for McAuley, it remains to be seen just how much game-time he receives this season, but he’s still a solid option.

Rangers don’t need a fifth one to add to the ranks. Halkett has yet to prove that he is better than any of the defenders at the club these days.

For now, and until the defender proves himself further, this is probably one to avoid. Not because he isn’t a decent player, but because Rangers simply don’t need him.

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