The Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping the arrival of Steven Gerrard will enable the club to go head-to-head with Celtic for the SPFL title next season.
Gerrard has already made plenty of progress in the transfer market ahead of his debut campaign in charge of the Gers, but he would be wise to keep a close eye on a handful of players at the World Cup who could add further quality to his squad. It’s a widely held notion that signing players on the back of a positive World Cup performance is a risky strategy to undertake, but that should not prevent Gerrard from using the tournament as a scouting opportunity.
One player who Rangers should certainly be keeping tabs on at the tournament is Japanese veteran Keisuke Honda (valued at £3.6 million by Transfermarkt) who is set to become a free agent at the end of the month. The 31-year-old creative winger has been capped 94 times by his country, scoring 34 goals in the process, so the Japanese nation will be placing plenty of expectation on his shoulders in Russia.
Honda previously played for both CSKA Moscow and AC Milan, but he left Europe for Mexican side CF Pachua last summer on a short-term deal, and he has announced that he will depart after just one season in Mexico when his contract expires. Naturally, Honda has been tipped with a return to Asia, but it seems he is ready for one more challenge in Europe before he winds down his career.
With a record of 10 goals and 7 assists from 32 appearances last season, it appears Honda still has quality to offer, so Rangers should make contact with his representatives in the coming days to see if a potential deal is possible.
The Japanese star may not possess the pace he once had, but his brilliant dribbling ability and intelligence to find space in the final-third remain firmly in tact, and those qualities would certainly get the expectant supporters out of their seats at Ibrox next season.
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