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Rangers: Vladan Kovacevic emerges as goalkeeper target

Rangers: Vladan Kovacevic emerges as goalkeeper target -Rangers News

Rangers have identified Rakow goalkeeper Vladan Kovacevic as a potential goalkeeper signing, according to Aidan Smith of The Glasgow Times

The lowdown

Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Rangers may need a new no. 1 ahead of the 2022/23 season.

That’s because Allan McGregor, out of contract in just a week’s time, now ‘looks certain‘ to hang up his boots at the age of 40.

McGregor made 48 appearances for Rangers over the course of the campaign, starting all of their Europa League knockout matches en route to the final.

Kovacevic kept 16 clean sheets in 21/22 as Rakow finished runners-up behind Lech Poznan in the Ekstraklasa table.

The 24-year-old has two years remaining on his contract and is valued at £1.8million by Transfermarkt.

The latest

Rangers have shortlisted Kovacevic as they consider possible replacements for McGregor, says Smith.

Encouragingly for the Gers, Smith’s understanding is that Rakow are ‘keen’ to ‘cash in’ on a player regarded as their ‘star man’.

The journalist adds that the possibility of Champions League football, should Rangers qualify, could be a ‘major’ factor in the deal.

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The verdict

Rangers fans might be wary about signing a keeper from the Polish top-flight.

After all, it ranks way down in 28th in UEFA’s league coefficient, a full 19 places behind the Scottish Premiership.

However, Kovacevic has already shown what he’s capable of on the European stage too, and that might put any fears at rest.

Gent eventually prevailed 3-1 in their Europa Conference League playoff against Rakow in August, but they had to overcome an ‘incredible’ performance from the Bosnian that prompted talent scout Jacek Kulig to label him a ‘superkeeper’.

Kulig said the display was ‘Oblak-esque‘ and declared that the stopper would go on to become his country’s number one. Perhaps it caught Rangers’ eye.

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