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Opinion: Rangers should not rely on highly rated defender, need to look elsewhere

Do Glasgow Rangers powerbrokers Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson have a player on their radar to fill the six-to-nine month void left in the Gers defence due to Nikola Katic’s long-term knee injury?  

In my opinion, Connor Goldson and Filip Helander will be Gerrard’s top defensive pairing at Ibrox, with George Edmundson as their back-up.

Ross McCrorie is back at Rangers after a loan stint at Portsmouth, and the youth product can be played at right back, centre half or as the holding midfield player.

Gerrard is also raving about the potential of new signing Calvin Bassey, who can play centre back or left back. 

Recently, former Rangers star Ian Durrant suggested 16-year old Leon King as a possible replacement for Katic.

However, for Durrant to imply a 16-year old boy is ready for the Rangers first team in a year when they must stop Celtic’s 10-in-a-row, is really astonishing.

Rangers did somersaults to stop young the teenager from doing a Billy Gilmour and leaving Ibrox because they think he will be a star in the future.

However, it takes a great prospect with incredible maturity to play any big  part of a first team like Rangers, and to survive and prosper long-term in the side.

If would certainly be good for King and the club, if he makes his debut this season – especially, if Rangers are well ahead in the game when he comes on.

However, to rely on a player so young to fill the void of an international player is just not good forward planning.

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