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.