Rangers must make bold move for ex-Serie A and LaLiga star

Rangers must make bold move for ex-Serie A and LaLiga star
CAGLIARI, ITALY - NOVEMBER 26: Filip Bradaric of Cagliari looks on during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Torino FC at Sardegna Arena on November 26, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

There’s a lot of things Rangers need at present, but one of them is most definitely a robust, reliable and fit defensive midfielder who actually wants to be at the club.

As things stand, we have zero of these.

Nico Raskin isn’t really a holding deep-lying DM, Ryan Jack is rarely fit and a shadow of his old self now anyway, John Lundstram is clearly carrying a long-term injury and he’s off the pace, Glen Kamara wants his move, and Steven Davis is injured to the point of being retired.

So yes, there’s definitely a vacancy for a high-quality addition, and if there’s one market our club has had a decent amount of success in recently, it’s the Croatian one.

Enter one Filip Bradarić, recently released after a decent spell in the middle east, the 31-year-old defensive midfielder seeks a new challenge and Rangers sure seek high quality in his slot.

So is he a fit?

Well obviously we’ve got our little Croat contingent, our little bit of that culture at the club in Borna and Tonio, and that would certainly help Bradaric settle in.

But is he good enough?

Well he’s ex-Serie A (Cagliari), LaLiga (Celta) and Croatia itself with two of its biggest clubs in Split and Rijeka, so he’s definitely got a bit of a CV to him, and the fans will be pleased to hear his injury history is pretty good, only missed a handful of matches in his career on that basis.

He’s not a massive goalscorer but wouldn’t be in his position, but he does have 6 caps for his country, and played some of the Russia world cup in 2018.

So he’s definitely a stronger stable of experience than a lot of the links we’re seeing, and Villarreal were said to be interested in him after a season-ending injury to their first choice Francis Coquelin.

His wages would be modest, he has a very good background and he’s rarely injured. We do wonder why he’s been freely available since September mind you…

He’d be a pile better than the mince we’re into from League One these days.

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