Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at Ibrox following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager last month.
The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor back in May to commence work on June 1, but the 38-year-old was busy prior to his start date seeking to mould and build a squad capable of challenging Old Firm rivals Celtic this season. The likes of Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson, and Ovie Ejaria have all joined the Gers this summer, with Gerrard seeking to take the Light Blues back towards the summit of the Scottish Premiership this time round.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Rangers supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are hoping that Gerrard’s summer spending spree hasn’t come to an end just yet, especially given that the defensive ranks remain somewhat depleted heading into the new season.
And one man several of our resident Light Blues fans feel would be a welcome addition to the squad at Ibrox is former Premier League winner Robert Huth, valued at £2.25 million by Transfermarkt, and set to be out of contract come the end of the month.
Ultimately, the Gers were pretty average at the back last season in shipping 50 goals in their 38 Scottish Premiership matches, which was more than any other side that finished in the division’s top seven places.
And with that tally double what Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic conceded, and 13 more than second place Aberdeen, it’s pretty clear that Gerrard has to address the defensive vulnerabilities at Ibrox if he is to indeed succeed in his first senior managerial job.
Yes, the arrival of centre back duo Goldson and Nikola Katic will go some way to sorting those defensive issues out, but with David Bates having left the club for Hamburg, Russell Martin’s loan move unlikely to be made permanent, and Bruno Alves’ future far from certain, further additions appear needed.
And bringing someone in as experienced and talented as Huth could go some way to sorting those defensive frailties out for good.
The 33-year-old just a matter of years ago played an integral part in helping Leicester City win the Premier League title in striking up a wonderful partnership with Wes Morgan, with former Germany international Huth going on to appear 35 times for the Foxes that term in the most unlikely of title successes.
And while he hasn’t quite been able to replicate that level in the last few years, he still earned 33 Premier League appearances in the 2016/17 campaign to suggest that he remains a hugely adept centre back, and if he can continue to perform at Premier League level, there’s no reason why he can’t in Scotland’s top-flight.
And with over 300 appearances in the English top tier, as well as 19 international caps for Germany between 2004 and 2009, Huth would bring a vast amount of experience to the Rangers backline and indeed the squad in general, which can only be good news for Gerrard in his quest to take the Gers back to the top.
Thus, with Huth’s time at Leicester at an end in a few days’ time, Gerrard must seek to move for the 33-year-old in a bid to continue rebuilding his Rangers backline.
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