Over the course of recent weeks, the free agent, James Collins has been linked with a move to Rangers. Despite his age, his experience could prove to be of tremendous importance to Steven Gerrard and the Gers.
As was reported by the Daily Record at the end of May, Rangers are interested in the services of Welsh defender, James Collins. The West Ham legend has been released by the Irons having amassed 214 appearances in East London over two spells.
Strengthening the defence is an apparent area of focus for Steven Gerrard. Rangers had conceded a staggering total of 50 goals in the Premiership last season, and it’s abundantly clear that the club needs to address their defensive issues.
While the Welsh defender is approaching the latter stages of his career, his experience and know-how could prove to be of terrific benefit to the Gers as they look to strengthen their defensive line.
The 34-year-old is highly regarded for his ability to dictate aerial duels. Both in attacking and defensive scenarios, Collins illustrates a superb tendency to control proceedings in the air. He is also appreciated for his no-nonsense and measured approach to his defensive work. While his style may not be in keeping with the emergence of the modern-day centre-half, he has displayed his defensive qualities throughout the entirety of his career.
In addition to the substantial experience that he’s attained in the Premier League, having represented Aston Villa and West Ham United, he has also developed the priceless knowledge of football at international level. Despite retiring from international duties in 2016, Collins has amassed a brilliant total of 51 caps for Wales, further evidence of his treasured understanding of the game.
As Gerrard attempts to negate Rangers’ defensive woes, the acquisition of Collins could prove to be a stellar addition in the short term, as the Gers look to tighten their backline. Given his contractual status, a move for Collins would represent excellent business.
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