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Rangers must sign Leeds discard Vurnon Anita

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Rangers director of football Mark Allen is bound to have a very busy summer at Ibrox, with him and newly-appointed manager Steven Gerrard likely to overhaul the squad that finished third in the Scottish Premiership for a second year on the bounce.

Allen has a number of positions that he must strengthen, with one of those being at full-back, where Lee Wallace is expected to leave Ibrox this summer and back-up options Andy Halliday and Lee Hodson are nowhere near good enough to play for the Light Blues.

One player that Rangers must look to sign is Leeds United enforcer Vurnon Anita, who is reportedly available for a switch this summer.

The three-times Netherlands international joined Leeds last summer on a free transfer after he was released by Newcastle.

However he has not really been given the game-time at Elland Road and now, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay has claimed via his personal Twitter account that the Whites are looking to cash in on the 29-year-old this summer.

Anita has a lot of experience in England from his time at Newcastle and would be a brilliant addition at Ibrox as he is exactly what is needed at the Glasgow club at this moment in time.

He is extremely versatile and able to play at both right-back and left-back, and will fill in the gaps for James Tavernier and Declan John if they were to suffer injuries next season.

The Elland Road discard can also do a job in his preferred defensive midfield position and while the midfield is currently well-stocked in Govan, you can never be too careful with an injury crisis always on the cards when the Gers are aiming to get further into the Europa League next term.

Leeds’ versatile Dutchman is exactly what Gerrard and Allen need to look for in the coming months and his availability should mean that a deal can be wrapped up quite cheaply.

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