10 goals in 21 games: Three reasons why Rangers must sign Vladimir Weiss
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers must bring Vladimir Weiss back to Ibrox this summer in order to help close the gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Weiss, 27, spent the entire 2010-2011 season on loan with the Gers, and has remained a fan favourite due to his interaction on social media with his former side’s fans.
Here, Football Insider analyses three reasons why the 54-time Scottish champions should bring Weiss back to Glasgow on a permanent deal.
Seeing Weiss sign on the dotted line would not be a first for manager Pedro Caixinha. The Portuguese manager brought former Man City and Olympiakos winger Weiss to his current side, Al-Gharafa, at the start of 2016 from Qatari Stars League rivals Lekhwiya. Weiss will be able to hit the ground running under Caixinha, as he will know what the former Santos Laguna boss expects of him on the training ground and on the pitch. Scoring 10 goals in 21 games this season, Weiss has shown his effect in the final third and that will be crucial next term.
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Knows what it means to play for Rangers
Weiss understands the bitter rivalry between Celtic and Rangers and he knows what it means to play for Caixinha’s side. The Gers need inspiration now more than ever after losing five out of their six league and cup encounters against Celtic last season, and what better way for Caixinha to bring fans on side and inspire his Rangers side to reducing the 39-point gap. His dislike of Celtic is evident on his Twitter account, and that sense of rivalry could bring the best out of the 58-time Slovenia international.
Options out wide
Caixinha has just Barrie McKay in his side as a recognised, first-team winger. It has seen him use the likes of Joe Dodoo, Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner on the flanks, who are all natural centre-forwards. Bringing in Weiss, who is known for his ability to cut inside from the left flank onto his right foot, would give both quality and cover to Caixinha’s side ahead of their Europa League push next season.
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