Rangers appear to have missed out on Millwall’s Jake Cooper, and have instead set the club’s sights on Ronnie Edwards, 20, a right-sided CB playing with Peterborough.
Don’t let his lowly League One status fool you this time, this is a 20-year-old who already has 34 appearances in the Championship, and while we’re not pretending he’s Paolo Maldini, his value is already in the region of £3M+.
Indeed, Ewards is rising through football – from the National League with Barnet, Posh made a move from the Championship for the lad as a mere 18-year-old and immediately installed him in the first team as first choice CB.
It was maybe a little early for him and them, as they got relegated the season after they got promoted, but the potential of the lad is absolutely there and he played almost the whole season.
He’s a talented young defender who looks ready to make a serious step up in football now that he’s 24 months developed on from his initial spell in England’s second tier.
Is Rangers the right place for a developing young defender who is still a little green around the ears but clearly has bags of talent and has already played at a very high level?
His contract runs another two years, so Rangers won’t get him for much less than full price, but we’d be very interested to see if this is really one Michael Beale wants.
It must also be noted that he’s already got two caps for England’s second-top national youth tier, the U21s, following 10 for the U19s.
This is a promising youngster, and if Rangers can do a good deal here with Peterborough, this is a boy well worth the investment we feel.
Maybe not immediately ready to partner John Souttar, but this is the kind of squad depth we want.