It would be an understatement to suggest that Steven Gerrard’s arrival in Glasgow is an exciting prospect for Rangers fans. With him he brings international, domestic and European experience and a healthy relationship with a certain Liverpool Football Club that should allow him to recruit a number of young talents.
Now, predicting a big future for the former England captain and his side, we look at which old faces will look to combine with the new, in Rangers revamped side.
A look to the future – Rangers
Current stopper, Allan McGregor, 36, is at the tail end of his career so his position is the first that needs replacing. Young keeper Aidan Mcadams, 19, comes highly rated from rivals Celtic. Originally signed on a three-year-deal, Mcadams looks to add a bit of quality between the sticks and has already shown what he is capable of at youth international level and in the Rangers development squad.
At the age of 21, Nikola Katic has already one cap under his belt for World Cup finalists Croatia. He’s regularly starting for his club side, and there’s serious talk over the potential of him becoming one of the key players of the team, with a huge physical presence and good mind for the game.
Connor Goldson, 25, partner Katic in this future squad, having turned for ex-Championship and current Premier League outfit Brighton for three years, Goldson was a part of the manager’s squad re-brand.
Having his play time shortened considerably at Liverpool, because of the rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Clyne becomes the first player Gerrard may flex his Liverpool connection to recruit. Clyne provides similar traits to that of Rangers’ current right-back, James Tavernier, but brings with him priceless experience from the English top-flight. Borna Barasic, 25, is another player with international caps for Croatia, and, having come through the ranks at one of the country’s top teams, there are expectations of the left-back that he looks ready to fulfil.
Lassana Coulibaly is only on loan at Rangers, however, there have been rumours printed that the Scottish club want to make the move permanent from Angers SCO. The Malian international is well known for being quick, versatile, and a solid defensive midfielder.
If he is able to employ those traits this year, there’s no reason he couldn’t become a fan favourite around the Ibrox. Adam Lewis, 18, is a name Gerrard is familiar with having worked with him at Kirkby during his time as a youth coach. As a versatile player who operates at the left-back position and centre-midfield, he is a versatile player, who is known to provide excellent delivery and an industrious work ethic. Scott Arfield, 29, will look to provide the experience in this relatively young squad, come 2023. Admittedly, he will be in the twilight years of his career at this point; however, as the Canadian national team’s Captain, and boasting experience in the Premier League, Arfield will be a class role model for the younger players coming through the ranks.
Big things were predicted for Scotland international Oliver Burke following his move from Nottingham Forest to RB Leipzig, though things haven’t worked out at all. Perhaps in the future, if the Gers can become a fixture in Europe, they could afford to bring him to Ibrox.
Rafa Camacho, 17, is another Liverpool youth prospect that might find himself on the books at Rangers. Again, linking up with ex-coach Steven Gerrard, who gave Camacho his big chance in the UEFA Youth League, the Portuguese winger would bring with him positional versatility and a well-rounded game that will only improve with commitment and a good work ethic.
Alfredo Morelos is our top pick in Rangers’ future squad. He has recently come under fire, being branded as ‘disgraceful’ by Livingston boss Lee Miller, but that aspect of his game is what makes him such a fierce competitor and a nightmare for all opposition players. This season he has already secured a very respectable eight goals and four assists in seventeen games, including two goals and two assists in Europe.
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