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‘We need quality’ – Gerrard reveals Rangers transfer plans for the new season

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard revealed that he will be in the market this summer for a striker and a centre back, reported the Daily Record.

While he did not reveal any names and possible transfer targets, Gerrard insisted that the players coming in will not just be squad players and will improve the quality of the starting 11.

Rangers already have Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as their strike options but suffered last season when both of them were unavailable through suspension and injury respectively.

Defoe scored against OGC Nice in the Veolia trophy as Gers bagged a 2-0 win over the French side.

Gerrard said: “Hopefully you will see some additions if we can pull off what we are trying to do in the transfer market.

“It was quite evident after the winter break, when we were getting suspensions or Jermain had his injuries, that we lacked a bit of firepower, so that is definitely one area we are looking at.

“I don’t want to put a number on it because if we don’t get them in people will maybe say we have failed.

“I don’t think it is the right time to put pressure on the board as they have been very good to me over the last two years but we have targets in certain areas and the idea is to make quality signing that can come in and improve the starting 11.

“It is not about making the squad bigger in terms of numbers, we are at a stage where we need quality to make the team bigger.”

Gerrard also said that his side needs a centre back who can replace Niko Katic who is sidelined for at least six months with a knee injury.

20 year old defender Lewis Mayo had impressed the manager but he will most likely be sent out on loan for higher game time as he was in January to Partick Thistle.

 “We have the luxury of Calvin Bassey being able to play as a centre-back too but I need to replace Katic because I need four good centre-halves if we are looking at what we are hoping is going to be another 60-game season.

“We love Mayo. His attitude has been fantastic and he has a really good chance but I think he needs game time rather than to be number four centre back.

“We will keep him in until we get the right one in and then we will look to Lewis out to get him 30 games for his development but I have to be selfish with Lewis in the short term.”

Gers pushed rivals Celtic in the title race as much as any team has in recent years but eventually dropped off in the second half of the season but Gerrard is hoping his side will be able to go all the way this time around.

The Scottish giants are still in the Europa league with a Round of 16 second leg left against Bayer Leverkusen but they will need to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit if they are to go through to the quarterfinals.

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