Rangers targeting two new defenders – £3M bid made?

Rangers targeting two new defenders – £3M bid made?
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Zak Vyner of Bristol City prepares to throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Millwall at Ashton Gate on January 02, 2022 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

After the collapse of both Auston Trusty and Jonathan Panzo, Rangers have set their sights on one familiar target and one new one, amid continuing interest in Millwall’s Jake Cooper, and Bristol City’s Zak Vyner.

Rangers are said to have actually bid for Cooper, a £3M number claimed to have been submitted, but we’re not sure how reliable this claim is, so for now we take that with a pinch of salt given he’s out of contract next summer. Quite a lot to shell out for a player with a market value of indeed £3M.

But the Vyner interest is intriguing. The former Aberdeen defender, right-footed, 26-years-old, has done well at Bristol and is an experienced Championship stopper with 146 league appearances. But then that’s no better than Connor Goldson, in fact it’s pretty much exactly the same.

And in Vyner’s case he has zero Premier League experience, not even the three appearances Goldson can boast.

But it does show Rangers are looking into this (slightly less) problem area. John Souttar and Leon Balogun might be comfortably the best options, but both are injury-prone (like Goldson now) and we cannot rely on them both indefinitely.

So bringing in at least one, maybe two other centre-backs is very important, for quality squad depth and rotation purposes, even if Michael Beale hates to rotate on the right side of defence.

And there is clearly room for it as well – we’ve complained for weeks about the state of Rangers’ rearguard, and the best option may have fallen into Beale’s lap as it is, but getting in some mid-20s stoppers with fitness on their side is not going to hurt things.

More as we get it.

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  1. 100% prefer Cooper, the first thing i thought of when i read up on Vyner is hes another Goldson. Surely we can get better ?

  2. Music to my ears the fact that we are in the market looking for a defender, someone with a decent pedigree would be too much to ask for I suppose. Beggars can’t be choosers. If we could get the deal for Kamara over the line it could help fund a winger & defender although I still feel that once Ridvan recovers he’s pacey and brush up a bit on his crossing the ball and he could become a left winger breaking from defense. 💙💙

      • Which is totally stupid in my mind it’s so one dimensional and easy to read there’s no width therefore we are not stretching the opposition making it easier for them to close our midfield down. We lack pace and our forwards need to be getting in behind the defenders and be more clinical with the finishing.

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