Two Premiership stars identified as ideal Rangers transfer targets as four key positions need strengthened

Rangers have been told that they need to strengthen right through the spine of their time if they are to have a go at catching Celtic next season.

Manager Philippe Clement has already admitted he is preparing for major changes to his squad over the summer and with five of last season's group already out as free agents, there are likely to be more to follow. That means plenty reinforcements are needed but Gers hero mark Hateley insists they need proper quality rather than squad fillers.

And players are needed in three key positions - centre-back, centre-midfield and striker. As well as that, he feels they need more creativity to supplement all of that, so it's not going to be easy for the Belgian. But if he needs any pointers, Hateley has told him two players to go for.

Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland and Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski are two that have been suggested for both halves of the Old Firm and the Englishman reckons they fit the bill.

He told BettingSites: "Yeah, I think all those sort of players will be in the thinking. I think it’s key areas again. When you’re looking for an overall rebuild and a different structure, going forward, it needs to be all levels through the football club. Academy director and obviously recruitment. It’s the centre half, central midfield, providers and goal scorers.

“Miovski and Shankland, they all fit into that group. Obviously they score goals at this level, which is important, but you’ve got to be careful of what you bring in. Because I think invariably you’re looking at the domestic league of, you know, being able to negotiate your way and navigate your way through that league.

“It’s the European situation that you’ve got too, so you’ve got to look for players that have got to be able to go to that level and at that level, I think you’re looking at a different price bracket. So that’s where we are right now at Rangers. I don’t know how much money we have to spend and what sort of quality we can pick up.”