As we move towards the tail end of the transfer window, Ibrox Noise wanted to sum up where we are in term of targets. What or who do Rangers want, and what looks like the window’s outcome if current work is anything to go by?
We take you through the ins and implications.
Todd Cantwell. We’ve already assessed who he is (attacking midfielder) and the kind of player he is – his arrival, from Norwich City, will impact Scotty Arfield and likely Malik Tillman as well. The latter has not quite seized his chance at Rangers in the way he’d have hoped, with some bright moments but a general lack of impact. We’re not sure Rangers intend to hold onto him, with the arrival of Cantwell all-but assured.
Nicolas Raskin. This is a central/defensive midfielder, just 21, Standard Liege, £10M value and with advanced talks now taking place Rangers are moving in on securing him. This addition will implicate Glen Kamara, with his playing pretty much the same slot. John Lundstram probably doesn’t need to look over his shoulder, but Ryan Jack might, and he’s good depth and rotation for those two anyway.
Morgan Whittaker. Rangers critically need a decent right winger. Rabbi Matondo hasn’t worked out at all, and will find his opportunities, already pretty low, reduced even further if we get the English winger, 22, Swansea, to replace him. Fashion Sakala is hitting some of his best career form and Whittaker and he would be excellent competition for that side, but Sakala isn’t a RW by trade. But it depends on bidding what Swansea want, and sadly because his contract lasts until 2025 Rangers don’t benefit from U24 cross-border development fees which would have got him for Joe Aribo-level numbers.
Those are, at the moment, the main three Rangers are looking at, with rumours abounding about a potential extra striker in there too. There have been absolutely no defenders linked this window aside Noah Sadiki.
In truth, up front, we’re well-stocked – we have Alfredo Morelos regaining form, and Antonio Colak hopefully getting fitness back, as well as young Lovelace in there too. It’s ok up there, and Sakala can of course deputise there too – it is in fact his favourite position.
But central defence appears to be unaffected this window, with Michael Beale seemingly hoping for John Souttar and Filip Helander to return soon, not to mention Ridvan Yilmaz.
And goalie? We see nothing happening here at all – our three goalies are all on new contracts, albeit McGregor’s ends this summer, and we doubt a thing will be done there either.
And that’s the picture of things for now.