Without any doubt the transfer window has been much quieter of late at Ibrox. While activity is far from dead, the information leaks there once were appear to have been plugged and speculation has reduced a fair amount. One wonder if there is any coincidence here with the departure of a certain hair-gel obsessed attacker.
Who knows, we could not possibly comment, but either way, it is time for the latest round up of everything we know about potential incomings and outgoings in Govan this summer.
Definitely gone very quiet on this front. The deal for Hearts’ Jamie Walker has gone completely silent – Hearts included him in 2017/2018’s roster and it does seem that Rangers’ interest has moved on. Hearts were not willing to accept less than seven figures and Rangers appear to have been put off by those demands. So, maybe in January on a pre-contract, or perhaps Daniel Candeias will surprise us all and make the need for Walker less intense.
NB: reports have broken that this deal is back on – Caixinha is reported to have watched Hearts last night, and is apparently ready to make one last offer for the winger. Watch this space.
Rangers were linked with interest in this Utd youth player, an attacking midfielder aged at 20. He has made a tentative breakthrough into Jose’s first-team squad but truthfully remains some way off being properly promoted. Some outlets conjectured that the relationship between his manager and Pedro might aid such a move, but why would Rangers even need another AM?
Another attacking midfielder, this time a 17 year old, this Portuguese youth player at West Ham was a target in January for Mark Warburton, but the move was reportedly blocked. It has been proposed that Caixinha is interested now, with again a Portuguese connection aiding the story. But some outlets have flat out rejected the story claiming it is simply false.
This one appeared at the start of last month but nothing has as yet transpired. However the Portuguese (yup, another one) winger at aged 25 would be a handy tool in the squad given Rangers’ lack of convincing one with tricky starts to life at Ibrox for Candeias and Dalcio, not to mention uncertainty over MOH’s future. The Candeias and Dalcio deals would certainly help persuade Benfica to do it again, if Pedro’s interest in Agra remains.
This switch to Northampton appears as good a done deal as you will get. Rangers have reportedly accepted a bid, in the six-figure range, so unless something dramatic happens, Crooks will be out the door by Monday. Good luck to him.
Subject of interest from a bunch of Championship and League 1 clubs, while it has gone quiet re: Tavernier, he remains vulnerable. Rangers reportedly rejected a bid from Warburton’s Forest, and the Bread Man is likely to come in again over the coming weeks or months. It is one to watch.
MK Dons are heavily in for the stopper who simply has not fit into Ibrox. He had been linked with PNE and a few other lower-league sides, but Kiernan is closest to joining Robbie Neilson down south. The ex-Hearts manager has already made a bid for Kiernan but Rangers rejected it – one does not imagine it will need to be hiked too much for it to be acceptable.
After Scunthorpe’s interest in Waggy went cold, it is unknown who actually wants the striker. Graham Alexander did scout him recently, but that is likely to have been enough to put the ex-Scotland international off signing him (!) Truth is in the right environment Waggy could be ok, but Ibrox is not the place for him, and we can only hope more concrete interest comes in for his services before the window is closed.
There are probably more stories – anything we have forgotten feel free to plonk in the comments folks.