When Rangers appointed Steven Gerrard as first-team manager last season, he quickly went about using his connections to Liverpool by bringing the likes of Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria to Ibrox.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, Gerrard is to attempt this again and try to bring former defensive teammate Martin Skrtel to Rangers, who is now a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Fenerbahce. The report claims that the club tried to sign the 34-year-old centre-back last summer; however, the deal fell through due to the player’s wage demands and the £5 million asking price.
With a Transfermarkt valuation of £1.53 million and Joe Worrall looking likely to remain at Nottingham Forest for the season based on recent social media activity via Football League World, Skrtel could be a good option at the back for Rangers for the year.
Looking at Skrtel’s stats from WhoScored compared to his teammates for the previous season, the former Liverpool man averaged more clearances than any player in the Fenerbahce squad at an average of 6.3 per game, as well as more blocks at 1.2 per game. The Slovakian also averaged the fourth highest number of interceptions in the team.
With Gerrard signing players on the young side so far this summer, adding an experienced head such as Skrtel could be a wise move for the Rangers manager, especially when you consider that oldest centre-back in the squad at the moment is Connor Goldson, who is eight years younger than the former Liverpool defender.
At times last season, Gerrard blasted his defence for their sloppiness, especially when they threw away a lead against Spartak Moscow three times in November. With quotes sourced by the Scottish Sun, he said: “we just didn’t do the basics well enough or clear our lines at the right times and we were not in the right positions”, so perhaps an older head to come in and use his experience might be a good thing.
As Skrtel comes towards the end of his career, perhaps it would be a fitting end to move to a club where his former captain is formulating a project to topple Celtic from their perch in Scottish football.
Rangers fans, would Skrtel be a good signing? Let us know!
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