Sport Rangers transfers: Ianis Hagi replacement, Connor Goldson speculation rumbles on, John Souttar update
Rangers: Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay tipped as Nathan Patterson replacement
Rangers’ pursuit of John Souttar has been in focus this month with the Hearts defender’s contract expiring at the end of the season – but the club has been tipped to sign another Scottish defender. © Calvin Ramsay of Aberdeen has been tipped as a replacement for Nathan Patterson at Rangers. (Photo b... Andy Halliday, a former Rangers midfielder and current team-mate of the in-demand Souttar at Tynecastle, believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson should be looking to Aberdeen’s highly-rated full-back Calvin Ramsay after selling Nathan Patterson to Everton.
As we enter the final week of the transfer window, there will undoubtedly be more speculation surrounding Rangers.
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been quiet in terms of players coming in, but he may need to spend some of the windfall from Nathan Patterson’s sale to Everton after the news that creative midfielder.
Rangers have been linked with forward-thinking midfield players this month – Bologna’s Andreas Skov Olsen, Anderlecht’s Francis Amuzu, Joe Rothwell of Blackburn Rovers and Galatasaray’s Olimpiu Morutan have all been mentioned – but none of those fit the exact profile of Hagi.
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The Scotland cap will be playing at Ibrox from this summer but Paul Ritchie has called for the move to be brought forward.Jambos say they will only do January business if the Ibrox side pay a ‘significant and satisfactory offer’.
Morutan, a fellow Romanian, was touted as a replacement for Hagi should he be sold in this window. Hagi has admirers across Europe – Lyon are said to be keen – and the former Steaua Bucharest man may emerge as a more viable target should Van Bronckhorst decide he needs to reinforce.
Joe Aribo’s return from Nigeria duty does boost that attacking midfield area, albeit he is not quite as visionary as Hagi, while the emergence of young Alex Lowry, who scored on his debut against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup last week, might be enough to give the Dutch coach confidence in those already in the building. There is some suggestion Lowry may get a new contract, along with No 2 goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.
Connor Goldson’s future beyond the summer is still up in the air, with little movement on that front. He is likely to stay until the end of the season, however, as Rangers need him to continue marshalling the defence. It is still expected that the former Brighton man will head back to England upon expiry of his contract in June.
Harry Souttar delivers message after teammate’s Stoke City exit confirmed
Harry Souttar has wished teammate Danny Batth a fond farewell message in wake of the defender’s move away from the club. Souttar posted a picture of Batth on his Instagram story, originally posted by the club, with a message of endearment for his fellow centre back. “Top man top player you’ll be missed @dannybatth,” wrote […]Souttar posted a picture of Batth on his Instagram story, originally posted by the club, with a message of endearment for his fellow centre back.
Rangers are not rushing to bolster the backline this month, with plenty of cover across the squad, but they still want to get John Souttar signed up before the month is out.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson revealed that Ibrox-bound pre-contractafter an ankle injury and could face Celtic on Wednesday night, while advances for Vitesse Arnhem’s centre-half Danilho Doekhi appear to have stopped for now.
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Rangers transfers: Six Ianis Hagi replacement options for Giovanni van Bronckhorst .
Ianis Hagi’s knee injury and subsequent surgery has ruled the Romanian midfielder out for the season – and left a glaring hole in Rangers’ first-team squad. © Injury to Ianis Hagi (left) has left Giovanni van Bronckhorst with a need in his first-team squad. Giovanni van Bronckhorst rued the misfortune, suffered against Stirling Albion, but did admit Rangers would be delving back into the transfer market before the window closes at the end of this month.One area for strengthening now, if not already, is in Hagi’s creative midfield role on the right side of Rangers’ attack.