Rangers swoop for Lambropoulos makes sense to replace Worrall and McAuley
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Rangers swoop for Lambropoulos makes sense to replace Worrall and McAuley

Rangers are interested in signing Vassilis Lambropoulos, according to reports in Greece.

Greek media outlet SDNA reports that Lambropoulos is on Rangers’ radar as he could leave AEK Athens.

The Greece international, who has played twice for his country, is a centre-back and he has never played outside of his homeland.

But that has not put Steven Gerrard off as he seeks a long-term solution at centre-back.

Rangers need to start pursuing their options in this department and possibly find their new long-term centre-half in January.

In Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson, Rangers have two good options in central defence.

But Gareth McAuley is coming towards the end of his career and Joe Worrall is only on loan, meaning new defenders will be needed for next season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers and Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrate victory after the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At 39, veteran McAuley is unlikely to extend his deal beyond the end of this campaign.

Gerrard needs to find a younger alternative to the Northern Ireland international, who was brought in for short-term depth.

And Worrall’s loan from Nottingham Forest expires at the end of the season.

It remains to be seen whether Gerrard will opt to keep the 21-year-old, who has had a mixed campaign for the Gers.

Lambropoulos is a sensible target for Rangers.

The 28-year-old has experience in the Champions League – having knocked Celtic out this season – and he still has many years ahead of him to provide a long-term solution at centre-back.

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