Rangers have been linked with about the 6th left back this window after Benfica’s fringe defender David Jurásek, with a market value of around £8M, was proposed as yet another potential answer to an increasingly problematic position.
Rangers have a tonne of uncertainty in that area, with bids made for Twente’s Gijs Smal, Verona’s Josh Doig and Liverpool’s Owen Beck, not to mention a potential extension for Borna Barisic, and naturally, Ridvan Yilmaz’ apparent exit.
And Jurásek is the latest name added to the queue of targets Rangers are said to be working on in that area, with a 6-month loan posited given he’s under contract for another four and a half years at the Portuguese giants and Rangers sure can’t afford £8M.
In short, Rangers do not know what’s happening with either Barisic or Yilmaz, so the club is actively seeking new bodies in there… the problem is none of them seem to be remotely interested so far.
Doig wasn’t… true story or not, Doig wasn’t interested in coming back to Scotland, he wanted another top five league and he got one. Liverpool don’t want Beck going out on loan again as far as we can see. And the Smal trail went silent.
So Rangers are currently as we were – Borna and Yilmaz.
As for Jurásek, well he wants game time but Rangers are by no means the only side sniffing around the Czechia international, given his CV, which includes Champions League (all losses mind you) and of course national caps.
So he is likely to go out on loan from Benfica and Rangers would apparently like to be the club he goes to.
He has only 12 appearances for Benfica so is essentially squad there, and Rangers could provide a platform for him, or potentially a permanent move if he impresses.
But he’s just one of a zillion players we’ve been linked to, and haven’t signed.
Pinch of salt?