As Glasgow Rangers prepare for oblivion, some players are leaving on free transfers – and Premier League clubs have them in their sights.
The sad demise of Glasgow Rangers is one that you never want to see happen to your football club and whilst you feel sorry for the fans of this once great club, the Premier League sides are showing no mercy as the vultures circle Ibrox Stadium.
A number of players have already turned down moving their contracts to ‘Newco’, the new incarnation of Rangers that will probably go into the 2nd division of Scottish football. Premier League and Championship clubs are now eyeing moves for those that have turned down the switch and are now classed as free agents.
Stoke City today made their move on young central midfielder Jamie Ness, offering the 21 year old a four year contract at the Britannia Stadium in the process. Ness has suffered with injuries at Rangers and has only played 16 games for the club, but showed enough potential to convince Tony Pulis to sign him up.
Sone Aluko, formerly of Birmingham City, is now set to return to England with relegated Wolves looking like the favourites to snatch his signature, though Charlton, Crystal Palace and even MLS side Houston Dynamo as the winger turned down the move to Newco. The 23 year old hit 12 goals in just 21 matches for Rangers and could be an absolute steal on a free transfer for a Championship club.
Southampton are another club waiting in the wings as they are apparently interested in Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, though much of that interest will depend on their move for Birmingham keeper Jack Butland. Their main target from Rangers though is former Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis, as they look to strengthen to squad upon their return to the Premier League. Davis is 27 but has a wealth of experience at domestic and international level, and could be invaluable to a team like Southampton.
West Brom have also been linked with two players as their new Scottish manager looks to bring in some talent from his homeland. Full back Steven Whittaker and striker Steven Naismith are believed to be primary targets of Steve Clarke, who is looking to continue the good work that was started by Roy Hodgson. Naismith has been interesting Premier League sides for sometime and West Brom could be rivalled by Everton for his signature, as David Moyes looks to pair him back up with Nikica Jelavic.
It’s sad to see a club lose so many players, but there are some great opportunities available for some of the best players in the SPL – and they could be coming to a stadium near you soon.