Rangers look to sign £2M 6ft 2 Premier League defender

Rangers look to sign £2M 6ft 2 Premier League defender
SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 04: Auston Trusty of Birmingham, scorer of the winning goal, celebrates after the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship between Swansea City and Birmingham City at Liberty Stadium on February 04, 2023 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Rangers have been linked with a Premier League defender after America’s one-time cap Auston Trusty (great name at least) was said as being looked at by Ibrox scouts.

The £8M-rated centre-half, out of contract this summer, is a product of Major League Soccer Philadephia Union’s youth system, and in his ‘defence’ has been a good performer during his Championship loan spell, but unfortunately we’re once again talking about a lower-Championship side in the form of Birmingham.

There is absolutely no evidence this lad is an iota better than what we have, and we can’t say there’s any excitement in the repeated links to Championship players, particularly those in the lower half of the division and who were farmed out there by Premier League teams.

For what it’s worth though, rather than moaning, we’ll tell you a bit about Trusty..

He has a modest 44 appearances for Birmingham, with a few goals and assists in there, and can also slot in at left back as the occasional case has called for.

At 6ft 2 he’s not a shorty, and Brum fan and Sky reporter Chris Skuddy had this to say about the lad:

“Like many American sportsmen, great attitude, and knows he’s here to learn. Loving his time playing regular competitive football as the left side of a defensive three and it’s easy to see why he’s become a fans’ favourite. Everyone loves a trier. No coincidence his confidence is up, hearing chants of ‘USA! USA!’ from what can be an unforgiving crowd. The physical nature of The Championship also suits him. He has technical quality to go with imposing physical attributes at 6’3” and this combination seems to be setting him apart at this level. Has also played left wing back too during his time in MLS and it’s not difficult to see why. Can play, in short. The goals are a bonus. Physical presence in the box both times v Bristol City.”

Unfortunately Rangers’ recent history with Americans has been appalling, with the days of Claudio Reyna, Carlos Bocanegra and Mo Edu long gone – in the past few years it’s been Matt Polster, James Sands and Malik Tillman.

And we’re wary more than a touch of Trusty albeit Skudder does have good words to say about the lad.

He’s an Arsenal player, imported from Colorado at the start of last year but hasn’t made a dent yet on the Emirates and remained on loan in the USA.

He was shipped out to Birmingham for minutes but his Arsenal career seems doomed and Rangers are looking at snapping him up for £2M.

Worth the punt?

No posts to display


  1. To be fair to the lad he was signed by Arsenal and immediately sent to Birmingham on loan. So while his loan will end he will not be out of contract.
    My slight concern is his age, he will be 25 in August so a bit of a late bloomer. Also that Arsenal must have bought him for a reason, so will they be willing to sell?
    Time will tell.

  2. Good overview from the Brum reporter. He’s right most Americans have good attitude , Tillman apart . Sands tried every game he was in the wrong position most times however. Worth a punt perhaps for the money .

Comments are closed.