Rangers to announce 23-yo defender as second summer signing

Rangers to announce 23-yo defender as second summer signing
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Dujon Sterling of Stoke during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Stoke City and Stevenage at Bet365 Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Rangers have completed the signing of Chelsea right-back Dujon Sterling after the 23-year-old was freed by Chelsea to make the move north and join the Famous.

Yet to be officially confirmed, Sterling’s arrival at Ibrox surely spells the end for Adam Devine, and will provide backup depth for captain James Tavernier, and potentially competition for him if the new boy shines.

A product of the Chelsea Academy, Sterling has had spells at Wigan and Coventry, and views this move north as the next proper step in his career – Sterling isn’t coming to Rangers just to sit on the bench.

Of course, Tavernier is widely-viewed as completely untouchable at Ibrox, but without any real competition for his jersey, he’s not had to feel a sense of vulnerability. Adam Devine, sadly, didn’t step up as a viable alternative, compared, for example, with Nathan Patterson who absolutely pushed the captain.

But at 23, Sterling is considered fairly developed by this point so he’s ready now for first-team action, but of course he has to show he’s a better option than Tavernier, who, intriguingly, also moved to Rangers at the same age and became pretty much a first-team regular immediately.

His value? Around £1M – he’s a player who hasn’t yet found his mark in football, hasn’t impressed in England’s lower leagues enough to make the clubs want to sign him permanently, and doesn’t jump out at us as a world-class addition by any means, but he has a better CV than Tavernier did at the same age.

So we’re kind of open-minded on this one. We’ll give him a chance, and he is a free, so it’s a low-risk signing and maybe he’ll surprise a few.

Maybe he’ll surprise us all like Calvin Bassey did.

We shall see.

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