Is it time for Rangers to finally sign Millwall’s Jake Cooper?

Is it time for Rangers to finally sign Millwall’s Jake Cooper?
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Jake Cooper of Millwall arrives at the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on August 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Jake Cooper is another player, out of contract this summer, who would be a sterling addition to Ibrox, with Michael Beale credited with interest in the Millwall colossus who’s valued at around £5M at the Den, and hasn’t quite made the big step up to major leagues, having spent the massive bulk of his career in England’s Championship.

Asked in January if he was still interested in Cooper, Beale did say the giant defender was ‘not on my radar’ but Rangers most definitely bid for him four years ago under Beale and ex-manager Steven Gerrard, and Beale has now since admitted a new defender is of interest to him.

In fact, only two days after claiming Cooper wasn’t on his radar, Beale then said on the 29th:

“I would like to add another centre-half to the squad and I think we’ll be looking at the goalie situation in the summer as well as looking for another No 9.”

With Cooper a free agent this summer, and still at a healthy 28 years of age, he’d be an excellent Bosman to secure, but of course, is free to talk to any club as of the 1st of January. Has Beale’s position on Cooper changed?

We suspect it has – he needs a good defender back there, and while we know he’s not a fan of the Niko Katic Calvin Bassey style of physical and imposing stopper, Rangers’ defence needs at least one of those types because at present we have nothing but ball-players back there.

And yes, that fits Beale’s style, but in the long term, a strapping tubthumper back there would be extremely welcome, and Cooper appears to be that kind of defender – a strong, ‘no-nonsense’ defender in the guise of those more physically-accomplished guys.

But we reckon the reality is Beale isn’t into that style so much so he’d seek more composed ball-playing defenders, ones with good passing and dribbling, rather than a big and strong cannonball – he has an eye on Cooper but would likely prefer another Goldson.

Beale said on the 27th that Cooper wasn’t on his radar, but who knows if that’s still the case. A free signing, and he’s a good defender.

Maybe now is the time to bring him in.

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  1. It was a real pity we didn’t sign him when we tried. He’s a very good CH with good experience and more potential to get better. Just look at the money Wolves just paid for Dawson at 32 a good hard Stopper CH so if he could be interested it could be a really good signing. I would move for him now. We also need to look at seriously moving on a fair amount of players that are now surplus, King Hellander Souttar Sands and perhaps sign 2 CH of Jakes quality.

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