Steven Gerrard admits he regrets failing to land a creative midfielder in January and promised that Rangers’ next batch of signings will take the club to the next level.
Gerrard has vowed to stick around and rebuild his team for next season despite last week’s Scottish Cup exit to Aberdeen.
And while it’s likely the club will cash in on striker Alfredo Morelos to fund any signing spree, the ex-Liverpool man says targets have been identified.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard regrets failing to land a creative midfielder in January
Gerrard said: ‘There are two ways to analyse it. You can look at it on the back of Aberdeen and think we’re miles away and everything is wrong. You can listen to the outside world and think we’re a terrible team.
‘Or you can analyse the big picture, the season as a whole, and we’ve improved.
‘We’re a lot closer than people think but the next four, five, six signings are going to take us to the next level, to be better in the cups, better in Europe, and be closer in the league.’
Gerrard had coveted a No 10 in the January window but, although midfielders Glen Kamara and Steven Davis were secured, the team’s lack of creativity was exposed against a Dons team superbly organised by manager Derek McInnes.
‘It was an area we looked at and are still looking at,’ added Gerrard. ‘I predict that could change in the next window.’
Gerrard revealed that he is still looking to bring in a creative midfielder in the summer
In concert with director of football Mark Allen, Gerrard has recruited 18 players since taking over at Ibrox last summer and admits his strike rate has been far from perfect.
He said: ‘The market we are in, the funds that are available to make that amount of changes, the reality is you are going to make mistakes. We get that but it was needed and now it’s about identifying people who are going to make a difference to the XI rather than the squad.’
RANGERS’ UPCOMING LEAGUE FIXTURES
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April 3 – Hearts (home)
April 7 – Motherwell (away)
Gerrard’s vowed to place greater emphasis on the mentality of new arrivals and is eager to stress that his own appetite for the job remains undiminished.
‘I want to be here, don’t worry about that,’ he said.
‘If I don’t want to be here, I won’t. I’m loving this and I’m excited about the future, more so since Tuesday.
‘The fans don’t have to worry. I want to win at Rangers as much as they do. I want to have a squad and team that’s capable of competing and winning. We did extremely well with our European run but I’d like us to be a bit closer in the league – and I feel as if our performances have maybe warranted that.
‘But I need to finish the season strongly with what we have available, and try to get as close as we can.
‘I’ll do everything in my power to make the XI stronger and more competitive next year.
‘That’s what the supporters want to hear and I can almost guarantee I will make that happen, because we’ve identified players who will help improve the situation.’