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Three players Steven Gerrard could tempt to Rangers this summer

The Gers need to reinforce if they are to close the gap on rivals Celtic.

Josh Kerr

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The Scottish league is coming to its conclusion with yet another campaign dominated by Celtic and Brendan Rodgers, who are on course to repeat last years heroics with yet another treble.

However, there still appears to be a lot of excitement for their biggest rivals Rangers, who will be looking ahead already next season in order to close the huge gap that has opened between the two Glasgow clubs.

The appointment of Rodgers’ former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard just days ago has already cast a light on what has been a truly underwhelming season for the Gers.

Despite financial restraints at the club, the appointment of Reds legend Gerrard will mean a big recruitment plan in place for the summer.

Gerrard will begin work as Rangers manager in the summer, with Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson taking over as a caretaker management duo for the remaining two games this season.

The profile of the former England captain will undoubtedly attract a number of top players to the Ibrox. but what three players should the new Rangers boss consider to close the gap between his new rivals?

Simon Mignolet

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The Belgian goalkeeper, who had been Liverpool’s number one for the past five seasons, has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and a new club destination could be the perfect opportunity to revitalise his fading career.

Mignolet, who played alongside Gerrard for two years after joining the club from Sunderland in 2013, congratulated Gerrard on Twitter after his appointment and could be the perfect signing for Rangers.

With vast experience across the Premier League for many years and his Liverpool career looking more jaded, due to the form of Loris Karius, Mignolet needs picking back up and his former captain may just be the man to do it.

Harry Wilson 

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A player Gerrard will know all but too well, Harry Wilson has been one of the brightest prospects in the Liverpool academy for many years and his recent form in the Championship is highlighting why there is such a buzz for this talented youngster.

Since departing for a temporary move to Hull in the January window, the 21-year-old has been in fine form, netting seven goals in 13 appearances to help Nigel Adkins’ side avoid any fears of relegation before the final day.

The youngster also made his international debut in his first start for Wales under new boss Ryan Giggs and netted a maiden goal for his country in China.

Despite an injury-hit start to 2017-18, which meant missing the whole of the pre-season, Wilson quickly returned to action with the Under-23s and was in fine form firing a hat-trick against Spurs at Anfield back in September.

After Wilson’s final game for Hull took place yesterday in a 1-1 draw with Brentford, it means the Liverpool loanee will return to his parent club as he prepares for pre-season.

Despite the winger’s talents, it seems impossible to think that Wilson could break into Liverpool’s irreplaceable ‘fab three’ which means another loan move would be the best option for his development.

Gerrard, therefore, would be the perfect man to coach the 21-year-old.

After all, he has already managed him in the Champions League for Liverpool under-19’s this season and will know full well just what the young forward is capable of.

James McArthur 

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Boyhood Gers fan James McArthur was one of the many players to highlight his excitement of Gerrard being appointed as manager of Rangers.

The current Crystal Palace midfielder has been a fundamental player for the Eagles over the last few seasons and, despite having two years left on his Palace contract, Gerrard just could be the man to lure him away from Selhurst Park.

The biggest difficulty for Rangers is that the 30-year-old will not be a free agent this summer, and it seems unlikely that the club could afford a transfer fee for a player proven in the top flight of English football and with another two years on his current contract.

A deal for McArthur would be difficult for the Gers, despite his boyhood allegiance to the Scottish side.

However, the appointment of Gerrard showed the ambition the club had been lacking for many years and the Englishman could be the manager who is finally given the licence to break the back and bring in the players to change the fortune of the football club.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Martin Skrtel wage issues reveal the difficulty of the Rangers rebuild

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In the weeks following Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers manager, optimism about an anticipated wave of big-name signings filled the club.

One such high-profile target was Gerrard’s former teammate Martin Skrtel, an experienced and fearsome centre-back who was linked with a move to Ibrox.

Yet, according to recent reports in The Guardian, wage issues seem set to scupper the Slovakian’s move to Glasgow, revealing the difficulty of reshaping Rangers while operating on a limited budget.

Skrtel’s agent Karol Csonto was quoted in the Guardian claiming the Scottish club simply did not have enough money to satisfy the defender’s exorbitant Fenerbahce wages.

“When there is only a small difference then you can find a solution,” Csonto said. “But in this case, the salary of the player in Turkey is four or five times more than what Rangers could offer That makes it impossible.”

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These comments are certainly the sign of a money-hungry agent (surely Skrtel is willing to take a wage-cut to play at such a historic and well-regarded club), but also reflect the harsh reality of modern football.

Clubs such as Fenerbahce have the luxury to throw around ridiculous sums of money to attract aging stars like Skrtel, while Rangers do not have such funds and are conscious of operating with Financial Fair Play guidelines.

In this case, monetary restrictions look set to derail the transfer of the former Liverpool player, which would have come as a welcome addition of top-class European experience to the Rangers backline.

The unfortunate transfer saga comes as an uncomfortable lesson for Rangers supporters expecting an immediate turnaround under Gerrard, as the club cannot simply buy every single target it admires.

Progress will be more incremental under the Liverpudlian, and a focus on younger starlets Gerrard managed while at the Liverpool academy may prove more realistic targets than big names such as Skrtel who carry bloated contracts and greedy agents.

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Steven Gerrard tempting Lucas Leiva to Rangers would be huge coup

The Brazilian midfielder is being linked with a move to Glasgow for a second summer.

Josh Kerr

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When Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the new Rangers boss over a fortnight ago, fans finally believed they may have found the man to rekindle the ambition and hunger that had been lost at the club in recent years.

The former Liverpool legend has already been linked with brining a number of high profile names to Ibrox and his former teammate Lucas Leiva is the latest being linked with a move to Glasgow.

According to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard is considering making a move for the Brazilian midfielder, who he played alongside across a spell of eight years at Liverpool.

Reports also confirm that Leiva is keen on the idea of being reunited with his former captain, and considering his vast Premier League experience, the midfielder would likely prove a strong addition for the Gers.

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Despite Lazio being reluctant to sell their player, the 31-year-old needs to make the most of his final years in football and the chance of being part of Gerrard’s revolution in Scotland could just be enough to convince him to leave Serie A.

The former Liverpool man made 346 appearances for the Merseyside outfit and quickly became a fan favourite for the club. He also has 24 caps for Brazil to his name and, despite not being proven in front of goal, he still has enough in the tank to be an effective asset in Scotland.

Should Rangers manage to sign Leiva, it would be a huge statement.

Luring a proven player away from Serie A would be surprising enough, but considering Brendan Rodgers had hoped to bring him to Celtic just a year ago, it would show just how big an impact Gerrard is already having on the balance of power between the two Glasgow sides.

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Difficult Rangers spell puts Jason Cummings’ Nottingham Forest future in doubt

The 22-year-old made just nine starts at Ibrox.

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Jason Cummings’ loan move from Nottingham Forest has come to an end, with the striker returning to his parent club from Rangers. However, his time at Ibrox has failed to give supporters a reason to demand he is kept in Glasgow on a permanent deal.

According to the Scottish Sun, Forest boss Aitor Karanka believes Cummings no longer has a future at the club due to his lack of game time in Scotland. He made just nine starts in all for the Gers, coming off the bench on a further nine occasions in a disappointing loan spell.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Ibrox with lofty expectations, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Gers’ first team and spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch.

The Scotland international netted six goals in total but, despite showing signs of his promising talent, he didn’t demonstrate why new manager Steven Gerrard should acquire his services on a full-time basis.

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Cummings was brilliant for Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian before his move to Forest in the summer of 2017, for a fee, according to the Nottingham Post, to be in the region of £1 million.

Gerrard was brought in to improve on the quality already at the club and, considering the Liverpool legend’s name and reputation, he will feel he can bring in better players than Cummings.

This must now leave the striker worrying about his future with his parent club, who could quite conceivably be tempted to part company with a player who has only scored once in 14 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners.

Once one of Scotland’s most promising strikers, Cummings is facing exile from both of his represented clubs and will be seriously worried as to what the future holds.

Despite struggling to make an impact for the Gers, the two-time Scotland international possesses undeniable talent. If Rangers feel he hasn’t justified a permanent deal, another loan move could bring the best out of the once-promising striker.

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