Reacting to an SPFL transfer report by Goal.com, detailing how OGC Nice are plotting a raid for arch-rival defender Kristoffer Ajer in January, pundit Alex McLeish has tipped Rangers and Gers boss Steven Gerrard to receive a ‘real boost’ at Ibrox if their Old Firm neighbours lose the star defender.
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish claimed the Teddy Bears would be boosted alongside the rest of Scotland if Ajer departs Celtic for Ligue 1 in January – coming as Rangers chase an unprecedented 55th SPFL league title.
Gers tipped for boost over Ajer
The 6 foot 5 star, described as ‘Cafu-like‘, is certainly a mainstay for Rangers’ arch rivals across Glasgow – with the Norwegian starting 16 league matches this season whilst proving to be a valuable commodity for Neil Lennon.
Goal report that Ligue 1 giants Nice are plotting to take the star man off their hands next month, with McLeish going on tip Rangers for a ‘real boost’ if this move comes to fruition.
“I think he would be a big loss,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“Despite recent form, which you have to allow for – players can’t be phenomenal every week, although if he is going to be a top, top player then his consistency has to be like 40, 50 games a season at the top level.
“He will be learning that as well he is still a young man, an ambitious guy and if Celtic were to lose him then that would be a real boost to the rest of the teams in the country, including Rangers.”
Transfer Tavern take
Indeed, as the Gers aim to stifle their neighbours’ bid to win 10 SPFL medals in succession, Ajer’s potential departure during the winter window would indeed present a ‘real boost’.
Only time will tell whether this move comes to fruition, but it could gift Gerrard with a huge uplift, despite it being a deal that he or his club have absolutely no control over whatsoever.
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