Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is expected to spark a huge overhaul of the Gers squad when he officially takes the reins at Ibrox this summer – and one player he must bring to Glasgow is Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ryan Gauld.
The 22-year-old Scot has spent the last season on loan with Desportivo Aves as he struggles to make the breakthrough in Lisbon and a return to Scottish football as part of Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution could be exactly what Gauld needs to kickstart his career.
After leaving Dundee United to join the Portuguese giants in 2014, many expected Gauld would go on and make a name for himself in Portugal and establish himself as a regular in the Scotland side but so far the midfielder has failed to really make much of an impact at Sporting.
Gauld made 23 appearances for Aves during his most recent loan spell and helped the minnows to the Sunday’s Portuguese Cup final against Sporting.
Having spent four years in Portugal Gauld has continued to improve – despite not having the profile some expected – and is a much better player than the one who left Scotland four years ago.
Bringing him to Ibrox would give the Gers another hungry, young Scot keen to make a mark and prove themselves as well as bringing in someone with a fantastic pedigree after four years in Lisbon.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.