Steven Gerrard said recently that his squad does not need another overhaul this summer, but is he correct?
What’s the word?
Rangers sit 11 points behind Celtic with the post-split fixtures still to play, and it really is just a matter of time now before the Bhoys lock up their eighth consecutive title.
The Gers are at least coming closer to turning the tides though, so much so that after they signed 14 players last summer Gerrard does not think they require another makeover.
“The only thing I will say is we will try to add more quality which will make our 11 stronger which will naturally make the squad stronger,” he said on April 6, as reported by The Belfast Telegraph.
“There won’t be wholesale changes like there was last season.
“We felt that was needed at the time. We don’t think we are as far away as certain people think we are or maybe the gap in terms of points.
“We don’t think that we are that far away but it is quite clear that we do need to add more quality to make us improve and grow.”
But as links to the likes of Greg Stewart, Jake Hastie and John Souttar show, the Gers are wasting no time searching for new signings, so is Gerrard right about the state of his squad?
Quite simply, Gerrard has got it wrong saying he doesn’t need to do loads of work this summer, but it’s not all about bringing players in.
For far too long the Gers have taken a scattergun approach in the market, and because of that the ex-Liverpool ace has arrived to an imbalanced squad in need of not just new arrivals but also trimming and re-shaping.
As noted by Ibrox Chat, if Hastie and Stewart both sign, the club will have a simply ridiculous seven wingers on their books, while only boasting three centre backs and not a single midfield playmaker.
If Stewart & Hastie sign we will have 33 first team players come June.
That is a very large wage bill & a lot of them need moved on. But the manager has said no overhaul this summer?
— Ibrox Chat (@IbroxChat) April 17, 2019
Gerrard needs genuine top quality additions at left-back, right-wing and the number ten position, but he can’t really address that until some of the deadwood eating up all the wage bill is clear.
Brace yourself Rangers fans, another overhaul is on the way this summer whether the gaffer wants it or not.