COMMENT By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha’s Ibrox revolution is beginning to gain pace after the arrival of Bruno Alves was announced by Rangers on Wednesday.
The Portuguese international will bring a lot of experience to the Gers rearguard but Caixinha shouldn’t stop there and begin to look at a left-back to provide competition for Lee Wallace.
One player that the Rangers boss must look at is West Brom’s Sebastien Pocognoli, who has made himself available for a free transfer.
The Premier League left-back told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure that he is leaving the Hawthorns over the summer after being deemed as surplus to requirements to Tony Pulis as he chases down Leeds’ Charlie Taylor.
Pocognoli spent the season on loan at Brighton where he helped Chris Hughton’s side achieve promotion from the Championship and, although the Seagulls know where they will be next season, the Belgian international doesn’t.
“I will be able to sign somewhere else without my new club having to pay West Bromwich Albion,” he said to DH.
The 29-year-old would be perfect for Scottish football and would also have little impact on Rangers’ transfer budget due to his free availability.
He’s aggressive, loves a sliding tackle and could also pop up with the occasional goal – sometimes of world class quality.
It’s strange that Pulis doesn’t want to keep a hold of the full back, who has 11 caps for Belgium under his belt and a great deal of top flight experience from spells with Standard Liege and AZ Alkmaar – but that is something Caixinha should definitely try to capitalise on.
Pocognoli made 25 appearances across all competitions for Brighton and could come to Ibrox and offer a massive challenge to Wallace, and what is currently his back-up option, Myles Beerman.
Caixinha wants to install quality in his squad and Pocognoli would do that.
In other Rangers news, Richard Gough has delivered his thoughts on this reported Gers target.