Rangers move into summer with scout on £3M Premier League defender

Rangers move into summer with scout on £3M Premier League defender
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Jonathan Panzo of Coventry City during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City at The Hawthorns on February 03, 2023 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It’s what you’ve all waited to hear for months, that finally, at long last Rangers are looking seriously into defenders, and the big one on the wires today is a Premier League one no less, albeit one on loan in the Championship.

22-year-old Jonathan Panzo, whose contract expires this summer, has a healthy market value of around £3M-£5M but of course would be a free, and Rangers have been confirmed as watching him at his loan side Coventry.

It must be noted that Panzo hasn’t a Premier League appearance to his name yet, but is an extremely experienced England youth international at all levels of the national game, with his current being U21 and a staggering total of nearly 50 caps at those various stages of the unders.

He’s one with a lot of potential in front of him and is not only thriving with Coventry, but has done it in Belgium with Cercle and in France with Dijon – both of these being the top leagues.

This lad, 6ft 2, is a player alright, and with his contract expiring you can be absolutely certain other Championship sides and higher-placed sides are interested, even if they’ve not made it into the press reports yet.

What kind of defender? He’s a leftie, so he’d be competition for Ben Davies, and he’s an excellent reader of the game, understanding where to be and how to position. What he isn’t, though, is a Calvin Bassey or Niko Katic. He’s not the bombastic brute-force defender Ibrox Noise feels we need to fit in alongside either Davies or partner Connor Goldson, so while he’s a talented young defender, we’re not sure if he’s the physical one we would prefer.

That said, it’s Michael Beale who makes the calls, and if he doesn’t want a big strapping brute in there, and wants composed ball-players like Panzo, that’s pretty much that.

Panzo is ready to make his big move, and while he’d prefer to become a mainstay at Premier League Forest, he may have to find a more modest starting point, which the Scottish Premiership sure is. Rangers, of course, are a huge club.

We’ll see if this one materialises.

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