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Steven Gerrard could find his new midfield maestro in Alan Browne in the summer

Steven Gerrard could find his new midfield maestro in Alan Browne in the summer

Rangers will look to close the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership against mid-table St Johnstone at the weekend.

Celtic maintained their six-point lead at the summit of the standings and Steven Gerrard has a mountain to climb to overtake them in the race for the title. There is still plenty of football to be played and the former Liverpool captain will hope Celtic’s participation in the Europa League plays a factor. Nevertheless, the Gers must focus on winning all their remaining fixtures to have a chance at glory.

Regardless of whether they lift the title, there is no denying that the club have progressed in Gerrard’s first year in management. The former England international will be looking to build on his debut campaign at Ibrox with another strong transfer window in the summer. With many loan deals set to expire, plenty of new faces could arrive.

One man Gerrard should be keeping tabs on is Preston midfielder – Alan Browne. Valued at just £450k by Transfermarkt, the Irishman has developed into a crucial member of the first team after joining from Cork City as a youngster in 2014. Browne is enjoying his finest season to date in the Championship and has been tipped to move to a bigger club in the future.

The 23-year-old is extremely well rounded and has been in remarkable form in front of goal – leading the club’s scoring charts with 11 Championship goals this season. Browne has also chipped in with five assists, highlighting what he would offer Gerrard in the engine room. Not only does the Ireland international excel going forward, but Browne also tracks back and helps out his defence when necessary.

Outside of the Light Blues’ strikers, they’ve struggled for goals this season. Alongside Steven Davis, Browne could help ease that very burden at Ibrox.

With his contract due to expire in the summer, Gerrard should snap up a bargain when the window reopens.

Rangers fans, thoughts?

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