Reports from Greece claim Rangers are monitoring Greece’s Super League trio of Panathinaikos’ Dimitris Kourbelis and Fotis Ioannidis and Olympiacos’ In-Beom Hwang.
The Greek duo (former) and South Korean are all said to be on Rangers’ ‘watch list’ as the club (and Old Firm rivals Celtic) took in February’s Athenian derby between the aforementioned sides betting on them impressing.
We’re not going to give you a blow-by-blow account of each player but they’re all internationals and only one of them (Kourbelis) is a free agent this summer, meaning the other two would cost.
But the reality is Rangers are taking in a LOT of players between now and summer, with manager Michael Beale confirming there will be a significant budget this upcoming transfer window and giving a number of ‘five’ players to arrive.
The reality is there will be more than that, Rangers will work to acquire around at least 10 new recruits, with the hope enough of them will work out to Rangers’ Standards to give us a much much stronger squad for next season.
The combined market value of the trio is said to around £5M total so we’re not talking obviously marquee players, unlike both Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell who had a combined market value of currently £20M when Rangers signed them, peaking at £30M a couple of years ago.
That is the level we seek, players of that quality and that impact, and whether these three who combined are barely worth a quarter of Rangers’ star duo are is another matter.
We will hear many, many more names, and we know you’ll get sick of hearing them, but our job is to bring you what we hear, and you can decide if this player or that player is someone you want Rangers to sign, or is far from it.
As far as these three? Rangers have had just one Greek (unless you count Argyriou), and he turned out pretty good, while we’ve never had a single Oriental/Asian player.
But hey, where they come from doesn’t matter, how good they are does. And if even one of these is good enough for Rangers, that works for us.