Rangers monitoring £3M defender with discipline problems

Rangers monitoring £3M defender with discipline problems
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Dion Sanderson of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Cardiff City at St Andrews (stadium) on April 10, 2024 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year, when second-rate players get linked to Rangers because of the diabolical market Mark Warburton and Steven Gerrard shopped in for years, and the latest lower-division player who it’s claimed Rangers are interested in is Birmingham’s Dion Sanderson, 24.

Yet another lower-league stopper, the £3M-rated defender is a pure Championship and League One player, with no aspirations beyond that, and to add to the underwhelming nature of this link, he had major issues at Birmingham with discipline.

Indeed, he lost the captaincy at St Andrews due to an unspecified ‘non-football’ incident away from the pitch, and while some reports claim he’s had a tough season in England, not really true – he’s started every match this season bar one.

We’re sure he’s a decent enough defender, but it’s still Cheapo-Mart and not what we want at Ibrox Noise.

Ben Johnson, admittedly unlikely to come to Rangers with his wages and rival Premier League sides vying for his lucrative Bosman, is much more the quality we need, and we very much endorse our club shopping there.

Contract? He’s still termed till 2027 so he would clearly come at a price, but he’s just not what we want at Rangers, not the level we’re looking for to improve on what we have.

Rangers need much, much better than Dion Sanderson, who is a solid Championship-level player and no more.

Players who can cope with the Championship can’t necessarily cope with Rangers, because the demands, the standards, the pressure is 20x higher than anything they’ve withstood in England’s second tier.

We need PL-calibre, and Sanderson at 24 doesn’t match that.

We’ll need better, and we really hope we’re not seriously in for him.

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