Rangers Urged to Prioritize Experienced Recruits Alongside Youth Focus

Rangers should target more experienced signings alongside their focus on young players in the ongoing transfer window, according to Keith Jackson in the Daily Record.

Jackson acknowledges the potential of the five young signings as “shrewd business” but emphasizes the need for seasoned veterans. He terms manager Philippe Clement’s strategy a “fishing expedition” for future talent, highlighting the current squad’s shortcomings. Jackson believes “three or four” experienced players are crucial.

Clement has made six signings so far, with only former Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly exceeding 21 years old, and just three with prior Premiership experience. While Jackson agrees with Clement’s overall approach, there’s a need for further reinforcements before the manager is satisfied.

Kelly, Connor Barron, and Oscar Cortes bring Premiership experience, but the other three signings are untested at the top level. Clinton Nsiala, Jefte, and Hamza Igamane offer promise, potentially addressing the defensive frailties exposed last season.

Rangers’ rebuild could see the final tally reach double digits by the window’s closure. While the club pursues young talent, reports suggest interest in older heads like Kenny McLean.