COMMENT By Danny Wright
Rangers are set to face a massive summer in order to narrow the gap between themselves and bitter rivals Celtic.
To do so, Pedro Caixinha must take advantage of Norwich’s decision to let go a number of first-team players when the season ends.
Midfield enforcer Youssouf Mulumbu is set to leave the Canaries in June and could be available to the Light Blues on a free transfer once his release takes effect.
A statement on Norwich’s official website says that Mulumbu is joined by John Ruddy, Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Michael Turner and Kyle Lafferty in the list of players that will exit Carrow Road on June 30.
Rangers will be losing two key midfielders of their own in the summer as Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman are expected to return to their parent clubs when their loan deals end.
Jordan Rossiter and Nico Kranjcar’s injury woes have also added to the strain on the Gers midfield, leaving just Josh Windass, Andy Halliday and Jason Holt as the only reliable first-team central midfielders.
A huge gap will have to be filled in that area and Mulumbu would provide the answer to that.
The DR Congo international has bags of Premier League experience from his successful spell at West Brom, when he became a massive part in helping them become an English top-flight regular.
He played 211 times for the Baggies after switching from Paris St. Germain in 2009, scoring 14 goals.
Mulumbu is a workhorse of a player and his high-energy style of play isn’t matched by anyone that is currently a part of Caixinha’s squad.
He’s brilliant when it comes to breaking down attacks and moving the ball on, and became a fan favourite at the Hawthorns for his ability to step up to the mark in the big games – and that is something Rangers are crying out for.
In other Rangers news, this 22-year-old is aiming to return from injury for this weekend’s clash with Partick.