Barry Ferguson has told the Daily Record that Martin Skrtel would be an excellent signing for Rangers this summer, with the Gers reportedly looking to land the veteran once again.
Skrtel, 34, is a free agent after Fenerbahce failed to agree terms with the veteran centre-back. It is believed the 103-time Slovakia international was earning a whopping £60,000 a week with the Turkish club.
That is according to the Record, who claim that Rangers are trying to sign Skrtel for a third time. Last summer, they were put off by his £5million price tag, while in January his wages were considered too high.
Now, Rangers are trying to sign Skrtel with the defender set to travel to Glasgow for talks over whether the club can afford his demands. Rangers icon Ferguson has urged the club to sign the ex-Liverpool defender.
“If he does manage to get his old mate Martin Skrtel in the door at the third attempt this summer then that would be a very shrewd piece of business,” Ferguson said. “Even though the he is 34, I’ve always liked the look of him.
“You’re talking about a guy with more than 100 caps – a player who spent eight years at Liverpool. You don’t hang around at the top end of the game for that length of time unless you can play.”
TBR’s view – Skrtel is the missing Rangers jigsaw piece
Yes, Rangers have already signed a new centre-back in the form of George Edmundson from Oldham. But still only 21 years of age, he is not the short-term solution.
Rangers need an experienced centre-back. Nikola Katic is still young and while Connor Goldson is in his prime, he himself is only 26 years of age. An experienced statesman is needed, one the current trio of options can learn from.
On a free, huge European experience and all the qualities of a leader, Skrtel is the missing jigsaw piece.