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Warburton says Rangers could move for midfielder in January - but do we need one?

Mark Warburton has said that he may use the January market to secure a replacement for Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton. Is that really a good idea?

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The chances are, if you've only just entered November and people are earnestly asking about January transfer ideas, things haven't gone according to plan. Such is the case with Rangers, a few more points adrift than we'd have imagined at this point, and having both of our big-name signings in the summer absent. Niko Kranjcar through a cruel stroke of bad luck with an injury, Joey Barton through a cruel stroke of bad luck with being a rocket.

Mark Warburton has duly stated that we'll look to the January window for reinforcements in that department, most probably in the shape of a loan. Which sounds like a nice idea, until you consider that we've actually been much improved fielding the midfielders we do have, and we're pretty well stocked in that department.

The lack of a proper defensive midfielder has plagued us for some time now, but with Jordan Rossiter available at some point presumably and Matt Crooks fit, Andy Halliday shouldn't have to deputise there for too much longer, a position he simply doesn't have the skillset to fill.

Meanwhile, for the more offensive positions, Halliday can be moved forward, while Jason Holt and Josh Windass have both shown some glimpses of impressive form, bringing a more dynamic style to our play which we've sorely lacked. In short, it's probably not the area we need to be worrying about the most.

So, where do we need to worry? Well, almost everywhere else. Sure, we have plenty of strikers, but only Joe Garner has, being generous, looked likely to really nail down that place this year, assuming that we really can't rely that much on an ancient Kenny Miller. So a striker, as well stocked as we are, might not be the worst idea in the world.

Then there's the wings. A quick roll-call: Michael O'Halloran, doing quite well, fine. Martyn Waghorn, terrible since his injury and worse out wide. Barrie McKay, yet to capture his form this season. Harry Forrester - not too great as a winger and struggling to step up to the top flight. And, er... playing Miller there. That's it.

It's the wings, then, where reinforcements are needed, if anywhere. Yes, we have defensive problems, but we've been doing well recently and have Danny Wilson to come back. We might have lost two marquee signings in midfield, but with the aforementioned all in place, McKay probably eyeing up the number 10 role as his long-term position, and our best available youngster, Liam Burt, also playing there, any move for a midfielder would be a waste that would risk breaking up the most functional part of the team.

We'll wait and see what Mark Warburton can come up with. But getting the most out of the talented players we do have might be a better start.