Rangers director of football Mark Allen will almost certainly spearhead a huge overhaul of the Gers’ playing squad this summer but he must absolutely avoid signing Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu – even though fans are demanding the club to sign him.
The 31-year-old joined Kilmarnock after spending almost six months without a club following his release by Norwich and although Killie boss Steve Clarke has said, as quoted by Andy Newport, he is not “over-confident” of keeping a hold of the Congolese midfielder, Ibrox must not be his final destination.
.@OfficialKillie boss Steve Clarke admits he is not holding out much hope of keeping @mulumbuofficial beyond the summer: “I wouldn’t say I was over-confident of keeping Youssouf. He came up here to put himself back in the shop…
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) March 30, 2018
Mulumbu joined Norwich in 2015 after coming to prominence at West Brom but after an injury early in his spell at Carrow Road forced him out of the side it was current Ibrox midfielder Graham Dorrans who kept him out of the Canaries starting XI.
At 31, Mulumbu isn’t over the hill yet but is quickly approaching a point where he will start seeing him age catch up with him and there must be younger alternatives available to Allen and his recruitment team in the summer.
Moving for the former DR Congo international after a decent spell at Kilmarnock strikes as a bit of a lazy move too and doesn’t really seem like a ringing endorsement of the in-depth scouting and analysis of players that was spoken about at length when the club added a number of new scouts earlier in the season.
Perhaps there’s a great reason why Mulumbu couldn’t get a sniff of a club after leaving Norwich until he joined Killie at the end of November but after a little more three months in Scotland’s top-flight Mulumbu is the latest in-form star for everyone to rave about then forget when his form dips.
It’s not as if Rangers have to look far to see examples of how jumping in with both feet to sign someone on the back of a pretty short run of form and impressive performance against the Gers – just ask Michael O’Halloran.