Rangers look at £5M Champions League winger with 14 in 22

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Rangers look at £5M Champions League winger with 14 in 22
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 18: Adama Traore of Ferencvaros celebrates after scoring their side's third goal with team mates during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Ferencvaros and Shamrock Rovers at Groupama Arena on August 18, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

Rangers are said to be interested in Adama Traoré, but amusingly not the ‘good’ one with vast experience of the Premier League with Wolves and La Liga with Barca, but instead an arguably ‘lesser’ one currently plying his trade with Hungarian side Ferencvárosi Torna Club or Ferencváros to you and I.

The idea of signing the ‘proper’ one with 8 Spain caps might have been the exact calibre Rangers need moving forward, but the club has been linked with the infinitely less well-known version, funnily enough who plays the same position – right wing.

He’s 28, has a very strong 44 caps for Mali and a reasonable 10 goals and assists, while his entire domestic career is 198 appearances and 61 goals 39 assists.

For the Hungarians themselves? 32 goals, 16 assists in 72 appearances which is, in fairness, not bad, but unfortunately it’s in the Hungarian domestic league but in much much better news his record in Champions League group matches and qualifiers is very impressive: 14 goals and assists in 22.

That includes 3 in 6 in the groups stage. That’s a much better record than his more illustrious namesake who has never even played UCL at all – just 8 minutes as a cameo for Barca.

His market value? Around £3M, peaking around £5M a few years ago.

The dichotomy here is he’s never played really high level domestic football so isn’t a proven champion at a pressure level for a big club, unless we want to say the Hungarians are comparable with Rangers? They’ve won the league since 2019 and in his debut season for them nailed 19 goals and assists in 25.

The boy, clearly, can play a bit, and wouldn’t cost a fortune for Rangers we wouldn’t think.

Is he good enough?

You have to say if he does it for his country and does it in the Europa League AND Champions League, he’s better than what we have.

Can he handle the ‘must win’ of Rangers? Well, technically he has that in Hungary.

So we’d like to think yes.

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