Rangers dodge major bullet as ‘journeyman’ ends up at AZ

Rangers dodge major bullet as ‘journeyman’ ends up at AZ
(From L) Dutch referee Allard Lindhout, Feyenoord's Dutch forward Bryan Linssen and Vitesse's Dutch midfielder Riechedly Bazoer react during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between Feyenoord and Vitesse at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, on January 15, 2022. - - Netherlands OUT (Photo by Pieter Stam de Jonge / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by PIETER STAM DE JONGE/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise noticed a little oddity last night – we’re well aware former defensive target Riechedly Bazoer elected against a move to Rangers, wanting a ‘bigger’ club and a ‘better’ wage.

But unfortunately for the Dutchman, no one else wanted him and he got a literal sideways move to last night’s conquerors of Utd, AZ.

Coming on as a sub, this is a Dutch player who once had the world at his feet. Said highly-respected stats site Squawka:

“There was a brief moment when it seemed Riechedly Bazoer had the world at his feet. After all, he was a wonderkid on FIFA 16. The former Ajax youngster was destined for a lengthy adventure outside the Netherlands but his stint at VfL Wolfsburg and subsequent loan spell at FC Porto were underwhelming. A return home beckoned and following a turnaround at Utrecht he earned a move to Vitesse where the defensive midfielder converted into a centre-back. However, they couldn’t agree to a new contract and Bazoer will now continue his journeyman-like playing career at AZ.”

Were Rangers really in for this very ordinary CB?

It seems not – he was the one mouthing in the press, and just like his fellow Vitesse loser Danilho Doehki he ended up at a mediocre club (Union Berlin, anyone) with absolutely no ambition.

Sure, they are in Europe, but the Conference league is to European football what the Irn Bru Cup was to the UK once upon a time.

Even the final of that tournament last year was in front of 20,000. That’s right, even smaller than Pittodrie.

And that’s the ambition for Bazoer.

This is a bullet we dodged, and this is why we trust Gio not to just go for every shiny name in the book that ‘looks’ good.

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