An update has emerged on Rangers and a player Gio van Bronckhorst is pursuing in the summer transfer window…
What’s the talk?
According to the Sunday Mirror. via the Glasgow Times, the Light Blues are one of a number of teams keen on a deal for Oscar Gloukh ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that Borussia Dortmund, Roma and Tottenham are also eyeing the Maccabi Tel Aviv talent, with the Gers facing stiff competition for his signature.
It has been reported that his club want a fee in the region of £10m for the gem, although it remains to be seen whether any of the interested parties are willing to match that.
Scott Arfield upgrade
By securing a deal to sign Gloukh, Rangers could land an upgrade on veteran attacking midfielder Scott Arfield this summer.
The Canada international struggled in front of goal last season and failed to show that he is good enough to play regular minutes in the forward line.
In the Premiership, the 33-year-old scored four goals and did not provide a single assist in 29 outings. Along the way, the dud missed a whopping nine ‘big chances’ as his finishing left plenty to be desired.
Meanwhile, he was unable to register a goal or assist in 12 Europa League outings – missing three ‘big chances’ and not creating a single one for his teammates.
Gloukh, on the other hand, has shown great signs of promise in the attacking third. He has scored three goals in eight league matches for Tel Aviv and four goals in 19 outings for Israel at U18 and U19 level.
Gers podcaster Andy Barnett recently told the Heart & Hand podcast: “They (Rangers) were meant to be looking at Oscar Gloukh, who I’ve seen play in person and is an absolutely superbly talented youngster, a wonderkid.
“He came on for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the final third of the season and was just the best player in the league in the final third. He scored against Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel-Aviv which are the two biggest games and there was meant to be clubs from La Liga as well as Rangers looking at him last night.”
The gem was also named in talent scout Jacek Kulig’s U19’s European Championships Team of the Tournament this summer, which further illustrates that he is a player with immense potential.
This suggests that the teenager, who has already shown signs of being a goalscorer from midfield, has the scope to become an upgrade on Arfield in the long term. He can develop whilst gaining experience at Rangers and, hopefully, make a bigger impact in the final third than the ex-Burnley man.
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