£5M Rangers long-linked playmaker lines up discussions to leave Israel

£5M Rangers long-linked playmaker lines up discussions to leave Israel
Israel's midfielder Oscar Gloukh celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the UEFA Under-19 European Championship semi-final football match between France and Israel at the DAC Arena in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia on June 28, 2022. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP) (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers look to be missing out on long-term link Oscar Gloukh after the 18-year old entered into January discussions with French giants Monaco.

The attacking midfielder, with a market value of already around £5M, sees his contract still running for another 2 years, but with agreement said to have been reached between present employers Maccabbi Tel Aviv and prospective new side Monaco, it looks like Rangers’ links to the player may now be over.

In fairness, attacking midfield is not a slot at Ibrox where Rangers need lots of new players – Michael Beale is already furnished with American Malik Tillman, Auchenhowie graduate Alex Lowry, ex-Canada international Scott Arfield, and the imminently-returning Romanian star Ianis Hagi, not to mention Wales’ Tom Lawrence, so the loss of Gloukh is not the end of the world for a position that’s fairly full.

But he is a talent for sure, already being capped twice two years before his 20th birthday for an Israel national side ready to take a chance on his services.

Is he a miss? Rangers can’t afford him, that’s the reality – Monaco are a rich side (by comparison), and can afford a £5M player, Rangers cannot, so the situation isn’t ideal for the January window should any good premium value players surface that can help the side.

But Gloukh is not one we really desperately needed, and the fact he appears to have chosen the Monte Carlo goliath is not a situation we’ll lose too much sleep over in truth.

In fact we’ve been linked to him for around two years, but he was always a coveted player and was never going to leave Israel on the cheap, especially after Tel Aviv tied him down on a long deal – they are destined to make big money from the kid, and he will get a far stronger league than the Scottish Premiership.

As for Monaco? 5th in France, so he’s not going to a floundering team for sure. But the chances of him coming to Ibrox now are absolutely miniscule and that’s not really a problem for Michael Beale and Rangers given how rich we are at AM.

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