Rangers are planning for life next season without outgoing striker Alfredo Morelos by scouting Cincinatti’s Brandon Vazquez, as if we hadn’t already learned our lesson with MLS signatures already.
Hot on the recent heels of Matt Polster and James Sands comes another MLS player, this time 6ft 2 colossus Vazquez whose stats for last season were not bad, 20 goals in 37 with 8 assists, but this season he’s been a bit dry, just one goal and one assist in 6 despite a market value of £7M
The America international (he has one cap) is yet another to never have played outside his home nation, just like Polster and Sands, and they worked so well didn’t they?!
We think/hope this is another agent using Rangers’ name to gain some European interest and a big payday, and in the lad’s defence his numbers are decent, with over one in two being a very respectable tally.
But the MLS is only a fractionally higher level than the Scottish Premiership, with obviously Rangers and Celtic being miles bigger than any MLS side, but from third down the size of the clubs is about the same, ditto the quality.
So excelling there isn’t exactly much to crow about in all honesty. Vazquez is 24 and has his best years ahead of him, and will probably feel it’s time to spread his wings and move to a better league and European football, where the real money is.
Rangers? We hope we’re just doing due diligence and scouting him among many many other strikers we’re looking at to replace Morelos because we can’t say his CV really excites us – and past history from the MLS has been about 90% a disaster for Rangers.
They can’t all be Claudio Reyna, in fact, are any of them? No, since that legend there’s been very few outstanding or even decent American players at Ibrox that we can remember; Bocanegra, Beasley, Edu are a few, but only one of them came directly from the MLS, in Edu from Toronto, so Rangers’ track record for successful direct signings from that league is very, very poor.
In recent times it’s horrific. But as with it all, we’ll see.