We want to get excited about the summer names and work we’re being linked with, and we’re reserving judgement on those who inspire us a tad less, while being optimistic about those who get us going a touch more.
And two names have cropped up in recent days to persist with the notion of a switch to Rangers, in the form of Bolton’s Josh Magennis and West Ham’s Marcus Browne.
Magennis’ career stats are nothing to write home about – the guy is a journeyman player with about 30 goals in 190 appearances in the SPL. He is only a centre forward rather than an out-and-out striker but we’re not sure why we’ve been named as interested. He’s also a self-confessed Celtic fan and quite honestly nothing about this target appeals to us. He’s been mediocre in England, and his overall game just doesn’t quite fit. Still, if he really is one on Steven Gerrard’s radar, we’d get behind him.
Meanwhile Marcus Browne, an AM, fares a lot better at 7 years Magennis’ junior. He nailed a combined 14 goals and assists in 44 appearances in League One last campaign for Oxford, which for a player of his age is solid. Like many youngers, West Ham don’t quite consider him ready for their first team and his loan spells are clearly the making of him. Under contract till next year, Rangers would benefit from cross-border rules meaning the price for his services would be a very modest six-figure sum.
Overall these two hardly inspire incredible jubilation, but we are quite intrigued about the likes of Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo coming instead.
We’re not going to love every name linked with a move in, but hopefully the ones we get inspire more often than not.