Glasgow Rangers are reportedly now fighting their Old Firm rivals to bring Tom Lawrence to Ibrox for Giovanni van Bronckhorst this summer.
The Lowdown: Rangers busy?
The Gers look set to be busy in this upcoming window, having recently been linked to the likes of Joe Rothwell and Ross Stewart, while they could also lose one or two of their key players, notably Ryan Kent and Calvin Bassey.
Calls from the Premier League may be too hard to turn down, but after their recent Cup win and UEFA Europa League run, the Light Blues will now be hoping that those players will have been persuaded to stay.
The Latest: Lawrence interest
Writing in his latest piece for TEAMtalk, transfer insider Graeme Bailey has revealed that the Teddy Bears are now ‘keeping tabs’ on Lawrence’s situation at Derby County, but will also face competition from Celtic.
Should Rangers sign Lawrence?
Southampton, Leeds United, AFC Bournemouth, Fulham, Watford, West Brom and Nottingham Forest are also thought to be ‘keen’ on his signature, with his contract set to expire this summer.
The Verdict: No-brainer
It is a no-brainer for RFC to sign Lawrence on a free transfer, not to mention the fact that they would be getting one over their city rivals.
Described as a ‘magnificent‘ player by his manager Wayne Rooney earlier this term after two goals in an impressive display against Sheffield United, the winger managed 11 goals in total and a further five assists in the Championship for the Rams (Transfermarkt).
Considering that he was playing for a relegated side, these are impressive numbers indeed, and at 28 years of age, Rangers would be getting a player bang in his prime.
Nonetheless, as captain of his club, Lawrence possesses leadership qualities that would be so useful to the Gers going forward, especially if they find themselves going into big cup finals next campaign.
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