Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to a new era at their football club following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the new Gers manager last month.
The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor back in May to take over from June 1, but the 38-year-old was busy prior to his start date in bringing in additions to start building a squad he hopes is capable of challenging Celtic next season. Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield have both joined the Light Blues on free transfers, while on-loan star Jamie Murphy has made his temporary move permanent after an impressive spell in the second half of the season.
Subsequently, there are many optimistic Rangers supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are reacting to a recent report from The Daily Record, which details comments from the club’s youth coach Kevin Thomson in which he suggests that Gerrard needs a Scott Brown-type figure to bridge the gap to the Bhoys.
And West Brom’s £3.15 million-rated out-of-contract star Claudio Yacob (as per Transfermarkt) could well be Gerrard’s very own Brown at Rangers.
Ultimately, Celtic captain Brown has been hugely influential in the Bhoys’ recent dominance under manager Brendan Rodgers, with the midfielder scooping the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award and the SFWA Footballer of the Year award this term to underline his efforts for the treble-winning outfit.
But it’s his leadership both on and off the field, alongside his tenacious and fiesty nature on the pitch, that makes the 32-year-old a huge asset to Rodgers and one of the first names on his teamsheet, and the sort of player every manager would want in one’s side.
And Yacob could be that man for Gerrard at Rangers.
The 30-year-old may not have appeared much for the Baggies this term in their demise to the Championship, but he has over his six-year spell at the Hawthorns proven to be an industrious and dogged midfielder at Premier League level, earning many rave reviews along the way.
And with ability on the ball as well as capabilities off it, the Argentina international could prove to be a hugely adept midfielder at Scottish Premiership level, and exactly the sort of midfielder that can dominate the middle of the park.
And given that he isn’t afraid to put a foot in and is the sort of man that can galvanise the supporters, he could certainly be Gerrard’s Brown-type figure in the midfield – a battle between those two in an Old Firm clash would certainly be interesting.
Ultimately, Rangers have got much work to do in a bid to bridge the gap to Rodgers’ side, and Thomson is right, they need a Brown-type figure in the middle of the park.
And out-of-contract Yacob could prove to be that man.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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