Gers conceded more goals than anyone in the top six last season and the Liverpool legend believes he has found the answer to their defensive struggles
Steven Gerrard believes new signing Connor Goldson is the big stopper Rangers need to plug their leaky defence.
The new Ibrox boss has inherited a squad which shipped more goals than any of their top-six rivals last term.
But the former Liverpool and England skipper has made sorting that problem his number one priority, splashing out a combined £5million to land Goldson and Croatia international Nikola Katic.
And Gerrard expects to see former Brighton centre-back Goldson leading by example once the season gets under way.
Gerrard, speaking to RangersTV on the eve of Gers’ return to pre-season training on Friday, said: “We’ve assessed the areas where we are strong, where we need to tweak and need to improve.
“Centre-back (was one such) area. Russell Martin went back, Bruno Alves is at the World Cup, David Bates left on a free and that was an area where we needed players but players who fit the profile, who are hungry, who want to come in and defend this badge with their life.
“That was the message when we spoke to these players, it’s not about coming to Rangers and being a Rangers player, it’s about coming and being a Rangers player and then defending the shirt with their life and both Katic and Goldson are right up for that challenge, which excites me.
“They are different in terms of age and experience. Nikola is very inexperienced in terms of number of games but in terms of potential and profile he ticked every box and he’s really looking forward to coming out to Spain and getting going and getting his fitness.
“In terms of Connor, he’s ready to go. He’s had a frustrating couple of years in terms of being a back-up player at Brighton.
“But he doesn’t see himself as a back-up player and neither do I. I see him as a leader, a starter and someone who can cajole the defence and take ownership of that. He’s as hungry as anyone to get going.”