COMMENT By Matt Farr
Rangers are currently in the hunt to install both a new manager and a director of football at Ibrox in the coming days, but their pursuit has reportedly taken another twist.
Ross Wilson was the early favourite to land the director of football role at Scottish giants, and was believed to have been approached by the Scottish club.
However, after the offer was understood to have been rejected, Rangers have now reportedly turned their attention to Tottenham’s Paul Mitchell.
Should Mitchell make the switch to Glasgow, Football Insider reveals three Tottenham players that could follow him north of the border:
In any case, a loan move appears the most likely option for Rangers if they seek to raid Tottenham.
However, the Premier League club have a decent pool of youngsters hungry for regular first-team action, and that would be an excellent place for Mitchell and Rangers to start.
Joshua Onomah, 19, could be a valuable addition to Rangers’ attacking midfield. The England U21 international has had only a minor role to play in the first-team squad this season, making largely just cameo appearances.
He has played just 15 minutes of Premier League football this term, earning his main action through two EFL Cup starts.
But in a bid for the youngster to continue his development in a first-team environment, Rangers should swoop for him in the summer.
The Scottish club can offer him a regular role in the Ibrox setup, and it can prove very beneficial to both parties.
Rangers will be expected to make changes to their defence at the end of the season, having kept just nine clean sheets from their 27 matches in the Scottish Premiership throughout the campaign.
Another Tottenham youngster looking to make the step from a bit-part role to a first-team regular is defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The form of premier defensive duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen has presented few opportunities for the 19-year-old to make an impact, while he has behind Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier in the pecking order as backup.
He has been named on the bench during 14 Premier League games this season, but has not featured once in the competition.
Therefore, Rangers represents a strong opportunity for him to showcase his skills. Rangers fans have been less than happy with the performances of Rob Kiernan, while Philippe Senderos has proven to be a disastrous piece of business last summer.
Carter-Vickers, on the other hand, would be a fantastic buy.
Rangers could also choose to freshen up their attack with 18-year-old Marcus Edwards.
The youngster has excelled for Tottenham’s U21 side this season, scoring four goals and supplying two assists from seven appearances, but he has been rewarded with just 15 minutes of action for the first-team.
Edwards is a player rated very highly in the eyes of the Tottenham hierarchy, particularly Mauricio Pochettino, and he is not likely to pass up the opportunity to let him become a star player for Rangers.
He would face fierce competition with Barrie McKay for a place on the right-hand side of the Ibrox attack, but with McKay attracting interest from abroad, Edwards could end up as the perfect replacement.
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