Rangers were urged to sign Ryan Porteous before the Scotland international ended up making a move to England with Watford.
We were expecting to see more business from Rangers over the summer in terms of defensive improvements.
That was a surprise move and not exactly the level of reinforcement Rangers fans were expecting.
Balogun brings experienced cover at the back but doesn’t really improve the starting XI, leaving Rangers’ back line looking pretty much the same as it did at the end of last season.
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Rangers were told to sign Ryan Porteous
Rangers have looked away from the Scottish market in recent times with very few players heading from domestic rivals to Ibrox.
Then there is Ryan Porteous, who had impressed for Hibernian and was on the move in January.
Viewed as a no-nonsense defender, Porteous still has untapped potential at 24 but he is another to have slipped through the Rangers net.
Watford swooped for Porteous in January and Kevin Thomson now claims to have told Rangers to make a move.
Thomson – a former Hibs man who ended up at Rangers as a player – has coached in the Gers youth setup.
The former Scotland midfielder thinks that the £450,000 Watford paid for Porteous was a ‘steal’ and that he will be attracting interest very soon.
“£450k for Ryan Porteous, Watford must be rubbing their hands, it’s a steal. I actually told Mick Beale to sign him when I was at Rangers, when I coached in the academy.”
“I am not being disrespectful to Watford but someone is going to test their resolve pretty quickly I would imagine with Ryan’s performances,” he added.
Defensive rebuild surely coming in 2024
The ship may have sailed on Porteous to Rangers now but defensive changes are surely coming to Ibrox soon.
Balogun only has a one-year deal and Rangers will need to identify multiple defenders to breathe some new life into the back line.
Rangers need players who can improve that back line moving forward, not just squad players like Balogun and Dujon Sterling.
Whether Beale is in charge of that defensive rebuild is anybody’s guess, but the target identification needs to start soon ahead of January and next summer.