RANGERS icon Brian Laudrup has insisted the Gers need more depth in midfield to avoid dropping points.

Steven Gerrard’s men drew a blank against Livingston on Sunday, and Laudrup believes Joe Aribo’s absence was evident.

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He warned that Rangers can’t become too dependent on the Nigerian.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “Aribo's close control is excellent. Even in tight spaces he can take players on or produce a piece of skill to bring someone else into the game.

"There were times on Sunday when that could have been invaluable to unlocking something for Rangers.

"With Aribo, the closeness of the situation doesn't matter. You could see that from the goals he scored in pre-season.

"I know Gerrard has been speaking about adding another midfielder. That will be really interesting because perhaps they need one who can offer that bit more creativity if Aribo isn't available."

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The former Rangers man also insisted Rangers fans must be patient with Ianis Hagi.

The Romanian faded in and out of Sunday’s fixture and is yet to put a consistent run of form together for the Ibrox outfit.

Laudrup said it can take time to adapt to life at Ibrox.

“He's only 21. There is a different mindset now that he carries a decent price-tag and is no longer just on loan”, said Laudrup.

"Plus, this is a more pressurised environment than Genk.

"I can think back to my own experience of joining Bayern Munich at his age after leaving a much smaller Bundesliga club in Bayer Uerdingen."