Rangers plan for January signing as preliminary moves made - Ibrox Sources
Rangers are compiling a target list of right wingers as they begin making plans for the January window, Football Insider understands.
The Glasgow giants recognise that the right flank is something of a problem position amid what has been an outstanding start to the campaign.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club’s recruitment team are scouting wingers and preparing to ready a shortlist of prospective candidates for manager Steven Gerrard.
This will include potential permanent and loan signings, as Rangers’ budget for the winter window will be partly dependent on qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, there is expected to be a £4million boost to the club’s coffers if the club reach the round of 32 in the new year.
A significant portion of that sum is expected to go towards the January transfer kitty of Gerrard and director of football Ross Wilson.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
The capture of a wide man who can thrive on the right will be a priority as there is an acceptance that none of the current options are ideal.
Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo has been used most regularly on the right and he has demonstrated glimpses of real quality amid some inconsistent performances.
Scott Arfield offers industry, experience and tactical nous but his ball retention has been mixed and he does not have the inventiveness or pace to beat his opponents.
Brandon Barker, the summer signing from Mark Allen’s ex-club Manchester City, started on the right in last Thursday’s memorable win over Porto but he struggled and the coaches feel he is far more effective on the left.
With an epic title race shaping up, Rangers’ hierarchy will be aware that Gerrard is not entirely satisfied with the club’s options on the right.
There is frustration in some quarters that Daniel Candeias was not adequately replaced in the summer.