Steven Gerrard has wasted no time in stamping his own personal mark at Ibrox with a handful of new signings, but recent reports suggest his most audacious acquisition is looming on the horizon.
There is a growing feeling of optimism at Rangers with Gerrard at the helm – a feeling which was further intensified on Thursday evening as the Gers recorded a 2-0 victory over Shkupi in Gerrard’s first game in charge of the club.
After welcoming plenty of new faces to the club it’s always difficult to anticipate how the new players will settle alongside one another, but it seems Gerrard has laid some positive foundations for the future.
Of course, the real test will arrive when the SPFL campaign gets underway, but new faces are still expected to arrive before the first fixture comes round in August.
According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers are set to go head-to-head with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the signature of Joe Hart this summer following his miserable demise at Man City in recent seasons.
Hart’s attempts to resurrect his career at both Torino and West Ham have been relatively unsuccessful as a series of mistakes have left his glowing reputation in tatters.
Although it may be difficult to remember now, there was genuinely a time when Hart was regarded as one of the world’s best – a man-of-the-match performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League stands out as the pinnacle of his career.
But the problem for Hart is that his position is one in which mistakes lead to a lack of confidence, and a lack of confidence ultimately leads to more mistakes. Hart has been a victim of this downward spiral process which has a habit of affecting keepers at various stages in their career.
With that in mind, a step down to the SPFL might be in Hart’s best interests as it represents an ideal environment for him to begin rebuilding his confidence. A transfer to Rangers would naturally entail a significant wage cut for Hart, but he will need to be pragmatic and willing to make sacrifices if he has any realistic chance of returning to his previous glory days.
If Hart is willing to consider the possibility of working alongside Gerrard at Rangers then the club would be set to welcome a talent of genuine quality who could transform their fortunes next season and, if the Gers are successful in their pursuit, he could eventually prove to be their signing of the summer by quite some distance.
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