Well it’s a manic day already with transfer story after rumour all over the place on Rangers’ channels, and Ibrox Noise brings you a roundup of all the best, most interesting, and most telling stories we’re getting.
Strap yourselves in….
We begin of course with the Ridvan to Verona story we covered earlier. It’s looking more and more like a straight swap with ex-Hibs star Josh Doig, who has hugely impressed in Italy. Strangely enough, we understand both players have the same reason for the move – homesickness.
Doig has been great in Italy, but does want to come home, and it’s the same for Ridvan. So this would be great for absolutely everyone and no one would be unhappy with this outcome. We’ll see how it unfolds.
Next up it’s Scott McKenna. It’s been claimed by the red tops that the ex-Dons stopper isn’t actually on Celtic’s list of targets at all, and it’s a free shot for Rangers if Philippe Clement and co want the defender. Sky Sports say we do, so we’ll see.
Then it’s Nottingham’s £5M Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis who was outstanding 18 months ago in the Premier League with Watford then a bit more of a struggle with Forest at the same level, before he loaned out to Turkey with İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. That one absolutely hasn’t worked for the 26-year-old but he’s one Philippe Clement knows from the Jupiler Pro League and his Brugge days.
Then we have Brighton’s 25-year-old Steven Alzate. The £5M Colombian international midfielder is on Rangers’ radar just like Sofia’s Kraev, but this one is a bit of a higher stable – almost 50 Premier League appearances but currently out on loan in Belgium (sound familiar) and will be out of contract this summer.
Ok how about Twente’s 26-year-old left back Gijs Smal who is another pre-contract, and if Josh Doig does come to Rangers, he and Smal could be the club’s new LB pairing in the event of Barisic and Yilmaz’ exits. Market value? £6M – another decent player here.
In terms of exits, we might have been a bit hasty regarding Ianis Hagi’s recall option – he doesn’t actually have one, so Clement couldn’t have brought him back even if he wanted to. But that doesn’t change the rest of the sentiments.
Sam Lammers we know is working on an exit to somewhere, anywhere. He’s not part of PC’s plans – it’s looking like a return to Italy or the English Championship are his likely destinations, maybe Holland if he’s lucky.
Who else? Borna. Borna has been AWOL recently, we understand he seeks a new challenge now, and would love a crack at a decent league. He has a lot of stock in the game still and wouldn’t find a new club to be hard to secure.
And that is enough for now.