Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that the club will be busy in the transfer window this summer, but stated that the Ibrox outfit will look for established players.
The Gers look destined to finish second in the top flight this season, behind Celtic, despite impressive recent form and a 3-1 win over Hearts on Saturday.
Stopping the Hoops win ten titles in a row will be Gerrard’s major challenge, with Rangers needing quality in key areas to go toe-to-toe with their bitter rivals.
Last summer seen the influx of a host of new players at Ibrox, but a number of loan arrivals are expected to return to their parent clubs before next season.
Meanwhile, Gerrard will surely have a list of potential targets in his head and Rangers are linked to a lot of players as the historic club looks to get back among the silverware.
Resources will be an issue, with the Gers’ previous financial issues well-documented and massively damaging for the club.
While Rangers are not able to spend as much money as Celtic in their push for success, Gerrard has admitted that the Ibrox side will look to bring established players into his team ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
“I have a profile of the players I want, in certain cases,” the Daily Record report the Gers boss as saying.
“But I can’t say ideally I want a 19 or 20 year old. They might not be ready. I need players who are ready now but I appreciate it’s important to keep producing players and I won’t ignore the academy.
“I want Craig Mulholland (Rangers head of academy) to keep producing players to help us.
“But the reality is that you don’t get time at a club like Rangers. I need players now – forget their age.
“The profile has to demand that they’re ready to win. We don’t need squad players. We need guys who will affect the 11 and make the squad stronger.
“The planning has already begun, it never stops. It’s now time to really strive for quality.
“We have a good base but need to create a winning team and successful squad.
“We’re fishing in certain markets where it’s difficult to find those individuals. But that’s the challenge for us.
“But until we actually sit down with the board and find out what resources are available, it’s difficult to say who or how many.”
Rangers have four games left to play, with home games against Aberdeen, Hibs and Celtic followed by an away day at Rugby Park to take on Kilmarnock.