According to The Belfast Telegraph, Rangers are interested in signing Derby midfielder Craig Bryson this January.
The 32-year-old’s contract at Pride Park expires at the end of the season, but The Rams are keen to let him go this month to comply with Financial Fair Play guidelines.
The three-cap Scotland international Bryson has a huge amount of experience, having been with the Championship side for seven seasons, as well as being at Kilmarnock for four seasons. He has a great pedigree, having been named Derby Player of the Year twice.
Bryson is also not shy of a goal from midfield, shown by his 2013/14 season where he scored 16 Championship goals. Having goal scoring midfielders is an area where Rangers are particularly weak this season. The Gers will also be attracted by his experience of getting promoted during a loan spell at Cardiff, and may want to tap into his experience as they enter a close title-race this season. The player seems to tick a lot of boxes for Rangers.
However, the negative of this deal is that he is in his 30s, and that is the wrong demographic for Rangers to be aiming for. The club have already signed Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis on loan this season, both in their 30s, who will no doubt strengthen the team as they pursue bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership. However, these players will not have a particularly long time at Ibrox, and there is the feeling that the club are putting all their eggs in one basket for winning the title next year, and neglecting the seasons after.
If Rangers want to break Celtic’s reign of dominance, it will not happen in sixth months, it will happen over the course of years, and they must look to younger players to achieve that goal.