Borna Barisic became Steven Gerrard’s 11th signing of the summer, but which positions still need rectified for this to be a perfect transfer window for Rangers?

There can be no denying that Liverpool legend Gerrard has strengthened substantially over the summer, with the likes of Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson, and Allan McGregor increasing the quality over a variety of positions in the Gers squad.

However, there remains two key areas of the squad that still need to be improved upon if Rangers are to reach their targets and see the transfer window as a perfect success.

Firstly and probably ironically, the centre-back position still needs tweaked by Gerrard. Whilst Goldson and Nikola Katic continue to impress in the early stages of their Ibrox careers, depth is essential before the end of the window.

Nikola Katic has impressed since arriving in the summer, but cover is still needed at the back (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Granted, Ross McCrorie is still available to deputise at centre-back after coming through the youth ranks in that position, but Gerrard hasn’t shown strong faith in the youngster since being appointed, and has recently been undergoing a transformation into a defensive-midfield role.

A signing or two is essential for Rangers to kick on, as one or two injuries to their defence could leave them horribly exposed against better sides in the country. If he can get that over the line, the Rangers manager can be satisfied with his squad from goalkeeper through to midfield.

The second and final position Gerrard desperately needs to fill is the requirement for a third striker. Speculation has waned on Kyle Lafferty since the Ibrox side had a bid rejected for the striker last month, and the club have yet to go in with a second bid.

Kyle Lafferty has been the subject of a bid from Rangers (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

There are alternatives to the Hearts forward available, and Rangers have to make it a priority to get that sorted before deadline day.

Alfredo Morelos continues to frustrate, and with his red card against Aberdeen potentially seeing him suspended for violent conduct, Rangers would then have just one viable striker in Umar Sadiq.

Sadiq did impress in his debut against Wigan Athletic, and managed to net whilst he was at it. However, putting their faith in the on-loan Roma front-man is dangerous, and Gerrard could strongly use another forward to boost options.

It’s been a highly promising start to the campaign under the former England captain, but both ends of the park still need tweaked slightly in order for this to be seen as a perfect start.

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