Gerrard reveals that Europa League is the only reason he wants new arrivals
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Gerrard reveals that Europa League is the only reason he wants new arrivals

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he is still keen to bring one or two new players to Rangers before the end of the month, provided that the club is still in the Europa League.

Speaking to the press ahead of the second leg of the third qualifying round tie against Maribor, the Liverpool icon outlined his plans for the remainder of the window.

He said: “I’ve made no secret that if we can add another body or maybe a couple then I’ll be more than satisfied that we have enough bodies to face what comes our way.

“But there’s no point in worrying about that unless we go and get the right result tomorrow. The only way we’re going to need a bigger squad is if we qualify for the Europa League.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 12: Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

There was no suggestion that Rangers are actually closer to signing anyone but reports have said that a move for former Ger Kyle Lafferty could move closer.

That is because Craig Levein is reportedly keen on Lee Wallace being included in the deal – which would see him return to Tynecastle – and that could break the stalemate in negotiations with Rangers unwilling to pay over the odds.

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Kyle Lafferty roars to the Celtic supporters after the final whistle (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Aside from a new centre-forward, where else is it likely Gerrard wants more back-up? There are two likely areas.

The first is in a creative midfield role to replace the productivity of Josh Windass in terms of goals and assists, but in the shape of Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent, Gerrard may feel he already has the ideal replacement.

The other position is centre-half, where new-boys Connor Goldson and Nicola Katic and Ross McCrorie are the only three realistic options and links with the likes of Millwall’s Jake Cooper have refused to go away all summer.

Either way, Gerrard must engineer a safe path past Maribor tonight if any of that is to be a concern.