Thursday, 1 June 2017

Should Rangers make a move for this Slovenian international free agent?

Article by: Richard Fillingham

Andraž Struna the 28-year-old 6’ 1” Slovenian international right back, left back or defender, has left Heart of Midlothian as a free agent. He was offered a deal by Craig Levein and Ian Cathro to stay and play his football in Edinburgh, but he declined their final offer.

Struna has the confidence to be offered a much better deal from one of the better teams in Britain. He knows his own worth and feels that he has so much more to offer a top class side over the next few seasons.

He said:

“We had some positive talks with the club and with the manager. In the end, we didn’t reach an agreement. I didn’t accept the proposal. It was my personal choice. Everything was very positive from both sides about each other, but it was my choice not to accept and to move on. From the talks, we understood the situation. I knew I had interest from other clubs and in this position I chose to make this decision. At the moment, I have a lot of interest from other clubs. There are several teams from Europe and Britain. I expect my agent will deal with that. I hope soon it will all be set up for me signing with a new club.”

His international honours read: -
Slovenia U20 team - 3 games
Slovenia U21 side - 5 games
Slovenia              - 25 games

On 18 January 2017, he signed for Heart of Midlothian on a short term deal to try and impress other UK teams.

He has enjoyed his short time in Scotland and the defender reckons he has all the ingredients to be a success away from Tynecastle.

Hearts saw Struna as a straight replacement for crocked Callum Paterson and he said:
“I’m an attacking full back and I think I’ll be a good fit based on the ideas presented to me by the club and the head coach”.

If Rangers could sell Lee Hodson for a few bob, then the Struna signing for a free would make sense and especially, for a much lesser pay package into the bargain.

If Rangers have any chance of competing for the title next season Tavernier simply cannot be Rangers' right back as his defending and positional sense is absolutely DIRE! For me – Tav is either a wing-back or on the substitutes' bench.

Struna is an athletic, modern-day full back, who thrives at getting the ball down and driving forward at pace. He also possesses a neat touch and quick feet and at 6’ 1”, the defender could also help to eliminate our aerial weakness during the last few seasons.


6 comments:

  1. I'll give Rangers £1 for Hodson but I'll want change.

    I think all the aerial weakness was Tav's fault. And so was Brexit. And climate change.

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  2. And that says it all if hearts do not want him then way do we,i will give you this he is much younger than some but he may regret not taking the deal from hearts only time will tell,we are fast becoming the over 30s team but like to many under 20s you will find it hard to keep them wining but that is the best deal we have just now so i am happy with that but sad that it is our only way for now.

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  3. Why not?Plenty there to like,big strong proven international.I'd rather have Patterson as we'd make a lot of money on him in the future,better than Teirney too.Are we ever gonny hear the end of this kid on broken jaw?Get on wae it ffs.Looks like a split lip to me.

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  4. Ridiculous suggestion - for a start it was his awful defending that cost hearts the first goal in our recent meeting. Did hearts even offer him a new deal? No. So why should we, based upon a paper record.

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