Rangers are understood to have been interested in signing Ludwig Francillette this summer, according to a report by L’Equipe.
The 20-year-old was playing his football with AS Quetigny in the sixth tier of French football after being released by Dijon, however he has since been snapped up by Newcastle United instead.
A defender, Francillette is thought to have held trials in Scotland prior to his move to the Premier League outfit, although it would seem the English club beat Steven Gerrard’s side to the punch on this signing.
Considering that Francillette did not have a Wikipedia page prior to his move to Newcastle (per The Sun), this could actually be considered a rather encouraging sign for Rangers and their future transfer plans – something Rangers News noted.
The 20-year-old defender is quite clearly an unknown entity and, perhaps, without the deal with the Magpies having been completed, he may have still have been as anonymous as he previously was.
Indeed, that could mean Rangers’ scouting network is something that appears to be working rather well and one that could generate some excitement for the supporters at Ibrox.
With an average age of 26.9-years-old (per Transfermarkt), there would be a strong possibility that Francillette could fit into the type of player that Gerrard was looking to bring into the club.
The Light Blues have two 22-year-old centre-backs in Nikola Katic and George Edmundson, whilst they also have two 26-year-olds as well in Connor Goldson and Filip Helander (Transfermarkt).
Although it might be difficult at this stage to determine whether missing out on Francillette will be a blow for Rangers, it appears as though the Gers are looking in the right places for potential future talent.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether the Scottish Premiership side continue in their efforts to find quality unknown youngsters in the future, which could make it an exciting time for those at Ibrox.
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