Rangers reject £6M stopper with new signing

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After Leon Balogun signed a new deal yesterday, Rangers’ defensive armaments appear finalised.

Connor Goldson, Balogun and relatively new signing Jack Simpson are the definites, while we hope to have Niko Katic back in the summer.

Filip Helander will probably be sold.

Which brings up an old signing target, still plying his trade in the Championship for Millwall, in giant defender Jake Cooper.

Signing a new ‘long term’ deal last summer, the 26-year old stopper was subject to a rejected £3M bid in 2018 from Stevie G, to come north.

His escape clause was said to be almost double that, and in those days Rangers simply couldn’t afford around £6M, but times have changed and of course we are now much more in the elite group for players and their transfer fees.

Cooper was a coveted player, but thanks to that rejected bid and his new deal, his future seems to be more aligned to the Den thank anywhere else now – we can’t help feeling he’s worth more than that.

He’s never played for England, barely even featuring at youth levels, but he’s a big strong stopper and we do wonder if our paths are ever destined to cross again.

Is he one that got away? Are we quite happy with the defensive reinforcements we now have?

It seems so.

It looks like Cooper is destined for Championship midtable obscurity for evermore.

Shame.

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