Rangers fans will be rolling their eyes at the latest target said to be interesting the club, injury-prone Alex Kpakpe, formerly of Chelsea who featured in a recent bounce game for Rangers, apparently impressing management.
The 18 year old defensive-minded midfielder has seen his Stamford Bridge career completely upended by injury, the London giants releasing him last month, and in a desperate bid to get going again he played for Rangers’ bounce side and could well get himself a deal.
But of course, it’s that diabolical injury background which will have Rangers supporters absolutely thrilled with the potential capture, with a long-running joke among fans on every new linked transfer target, that either said target must have an injury history, ‘how long has he been out for’ or ‘we’ll injure him as soon as he signs’.
In fairness, Rangers’ horrific injury crisis is now starting to ease up, conspiracy tales aside, and only really Helander, Hagi and Lawrence of the key absent players are still not available.
As for Kpakbe? Well, he’s 18, has plenty of potential and would be one for the Academy. The thinking clearly is bring him in on a modest wage, see how he does and if he can stay injury-free, if not, just release him when required. But if he can avoid any absences, then maybe he’s got a chance and Rangers found a gem.
In fairness, you’d think the club had learned its lesson particularly from John Souttar, but Rangers Sporting Director Ross Wilson remains adamant that was a good signing and Souttar will become a key player for the club – he made that claim as a rod for his own back, and might have been wiser to play it down.
So, no, we don’t seem to have entirely learned from injury mistakes from the past, and appear keen to make them again.
All we can do is hope this former Chelsea kid is finally over his issues if Rangers do deem he’s work the risk of time and money. In fairness, he clearly has the talent, but can he remain available to demonstrate it?
Time will tell.