Rangers’ imminent capture of Preston playmaker Daniel Johnson suggests certain concerns about both Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi.
Reportedly Rangers are to shell out £3M for the Jamaican-born player and with his main two positions being central and attacking midfield it could imply management are not happy with the two playmakers on our books at present.
It is true Rangers need a tubthumping marauder in midfield, but we’re not 100% Johnson quite fits that category, albeit like we’d imagine the majority of you we don’t know a tonne about the guy.
But Joe Aribo out for the foreseeable future and Ianis Hagi lacking a spot of physicality, the addition of Johnson in a very similar position does cast some doubts over the other two.
Not so much in the wisdom of signing them, but in Aribo’s case his injury issues and in Hagi’s his more slender frame and occasional struggles with the ‘industrial’ SPL.
Regular readers know we rate both Aribo and Hagi extremely highly, and they’re the kind of player you build around – but the pending signing of the Preston playmaker implies Rangers seek more depth in that slot, and that the Nigerian and Romanian aren’t deemed ‘enough’ now.
And we can understand that – Aribo’s indisposed for a while, and Hagi does struggle on at least three of the away grounds (plastic plays havoc with the former Genk man) so we don’t opposed bringing another player of that ilk in.
And a player like Johnson may fit the bill.
Reports are he’ll be announced before the end of the week, but we take those with a pinch of salt for now.