We have to admit when we were linked with Juninho Bacuna it wasn’t just ‘who’ it was ‘why’.
There was nothing logical about being in for him, and when ex-manager Steven Gerrard himself didn’t even know where the kid played (he called him an attacking midfielder of the Lampard variety) it was clear this was a bizarre signing.
For the purposes of clarity, Bacuna’s primary position is deep lying playmaker, that being where he’s played his whole career from his Holland days through to his Championship spell.
And Rangers signed him because the Joey Veerman deal wasn’t happening, in echoes of our plan B to get Brandon Barker when it appeared Ryan Kent was out of our range.
Like Barker, Bacuna hasn’t worked out – plan B’s very rarely do, and Rangers knew already this was a signing in desperation and that’s why Ross Wilson pulled off a blinder in effectively getting the 24-year old for free.
Birmingham will be signing him permanently, with a rumoured price tag of £4M, £2M of which Rangers will keep and the other £2M will go to Huddersfield, we understand, but what is imperative is getting shot of him.
Bacuna didn’t impress. At all. His debut in Prague was absolutely abysmal and he barely touched the ball before getting injured, and while some fans are spinning the ‘looked a cracking player, didn’t get a chance’ line, there’s a reason he was overlooked.
His manager didn’t want him, and GVB didn’t either.
Rangers didn’t suit Bacuna, and that’s fine. It didn’t work out – it was a bit of a waste of time for everyone, but we wish him the best back south.
We move on.