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 The leaky Light Blues conceded 50 Premiership goals last season – more than any other team who finished in the top seven places. Croatian international Nikola Katic moved to Ibrox yesterday on a four-year deal from Slaven, and fellow centre-half Connor Goldson is set to follow suit in a £3million switch from Brighton. With Allan McGregor already in the door and looking to challenge Wes Foderingham for the gloves, it’s clear Gerrard is pinning his hopes on fresh faces solving the defensive problems that dogged Rangers under their various managers in the past year. Shipping soft goals had become a major Achilles heel, but former Ibrox midfielder Rae believes the arrival of rearguard reinforcements is a step in the right direction. He said: “Graeme Souness is a good comparison. If you go back to his time (in charge), he sorted out the backline first and foremost and the spine of the team. “Rangers was his first managerial job and this is Steven’s first job as well.   “Offensively, Rangers were the top goalscorers in the league last season, so if they keep the back door locked they can mount a challenge. “Regardless of how many goals you score going forward, if you’ve not got the back door shut it all becomes rather pointless. “It’s paramount to have a solid backline. “Anyone watching Rangers last year would have seen the centre-half position was constantly chopping and changing. “So it will be important for Goldson and Katic to strike up a partnership. That’s something Rangers have lacked for a while. You need defensive stalwarts. “You want players to build up relationships so you are not chopping and changing every week.   “Especially at the back it is important to have that cohesion so you are all singing from the same hymn sheet. “They need to do a lot better than last season when you consider the goals they conceded. They shipped a lot of poor goals. “Even if you take the last game of the season, 5-5 against Hibs. Everyone was saying it was a classic and from an offensive point of view and as a spectacle it was exciting, but if you step back and look at the level of defending then it becomes very questionable. “It looks as though they’ve identified that as an area that needs strengthened because anyone watching Rangers would say they must improve defensively.” With Goldson aged 25 and Katic just 21, Rae feels they could benefit from having the experience of 36-year-old World Cup-bound Bruno Alves to lean on at Ibrox. He said: “You need that wee bit of experience and 25 is a very good age to have a good understanding of what you need to do. “At 21, you are still relatively wet behind the ears but he will have attributes that can be honed and Rangers will be looking for Katic to kick on in his development. “It’s good he’ll have Goldson beside him. Bruno Alves may still be there and with his experience, coming back from a World Cup, he’ll be able to help them.” Rangers have completed a lot of business early in pre-season but Rae warned that other 

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