Rangers monitoring £2M 31-cap Slovakia international midfielder

Rangers monitoring £2M 31-cap Slovakia international midfielder
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - APRIL 24: Jan Gregus #8 of Minnesota United dribbles the ball against Real Salt Lake in the second half of the game at Allianz Field on April 24, 2021 in St Paul, Minnesota. Real Salt Lake defeated Minnesota 2-1. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

With James Sands having been a decent success as a player plucked from the MLS by Rangers in recent times, the scouting team are said to be looking at San Jose Earthquakes’ star Jan Gregus, a 36-cap Slovakia star with a pretty decent CV behind him.

The midfielder, out of contract at the end of the month, is probably another whose agent is using Rangers to get a deal extension going forward, but it could also be a strong piece of scouting from the club who consider James Sands a positive acquisition from North America’s strongest football league.

Rangers have had mixed successes with MLS additions, the last prior to Sands being the decent but underused Matt Polster who had to move on due to lack of game time under Steven Gerrard, and Sands himself has definitely not been a fail. And he’s been a loan, so no decision is certain in the summer about signing him permanently.

But Gregus, 31, has a pretty solid resume under him, those healthy number of caps for his nation, and a varied and experienced career in England, Czech Republic and Denmark to name but three.

He’s a midfielder, of the ilk of Glen Kamara, a solid, tidy and composed DM rather than the tubthumping John Lundstram, despite being gigantic at 6ft 3:

“Gregus tends to do most of his work with positioning and intelligence, rather than getting stuck in. He specialises in blocking passing lanes and interceptions, looking to seize on poor touches or sloppy passing to turn the ball over.”

So, a smart DM who reads the game well and tidies things up – nothing wrong with this, and Rangers are looking at him it seems as a possible replacement, of many, for Glen Kamara.

There’s no question a rebuild is needed, not just the injuries but the lack of quality depth in the squad – Gregus is a decent player and is experienced in European football to not be just another MLS graduate.

Of course, like you, we’d never heard of him either, but if he’s as good as the reports suggest, he could be a wise addition. His career-high value is a modest £2M but he could be a shrew signing for Rangers.

We’ll see.

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