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Rangers should forget landing Burke

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Rangers should forget about signing West Ham defender Reece Burke.

He is a promising youngster who has already played 15 times for the Hammers but is not the answer for the Glasgow giants as they step up plans to reinforce a defence that was far too porous in the recently completed campaign.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and recruitment chief Mark Allen need to set their sights on battle-hardened warriors who are used to the pressure of delivering at a big team.

There has been speculation of interest in Martin Skrtel, the ex-Liverpool defender now at Fenerbahce, and he is the kind of defensive leader they need.

In truth, the 54-times champions need three new centre-backs, as Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso are not up to it, David Bates has quit for Hamburg and Russell Martin has returned to Norwich City.

Rangers already have a rising defensive star in academy graduate Ross McCrorie, who has all the tools to be an Ibrox defensive star for years, provided they can keep him away from clubs south of the border.

The Mirror have reported that Gerrard wants to make Burke, who Transfermarkt report stands at 6ft 2in, his next signing following his impressive campaign on loan at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Intriguingly, the The Times claim new Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini will listen to offers for the club’s academy product.

But Rangers should steer clear. Spending big money on a rookie for their defence would be a terrible mistake.

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