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Addition of Oleksandr Zinchenko would round off great summer at Rangers

Addition of Oleksandr Zinchenko would round off great summer at Rangers

Rangers supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side move to within 180 minutes of the Europa League group stages courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory over Maribor.

Steven Gerrard’s men had made serene progress through the qualifiers for Europe’s secondary competition to set up a meeting with the Slovenian outfit in the third round, beating them 3-1 at Ibrox last week to seize control of the tie. And the Gers got the job done on Thursday in drawing 0-0 in Slovenia, thus earning them a spot in the play-off round where they will face Russian side Ufa next week.

As such, there are many delighted Light Blues fans up and down the country at present, although some feel that further reinforcements are still needed at Ibrox between now and the close of the window on August 31, despite seeing 11 players move to the club this summer.

And the addition of the hugely versatile Oleksandr Zinchenko, valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt, would certainly round off an excellent summer at the Scottish giants.

Ultimately, as aforementioned, Gerrard has been extremely busy since taking over at Rangers in bringing 11 players to Ibrox during the transfer window, be it experienced faces in Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield, or indeed exciting young talent in the form of Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria.

And while all 11 will significantly bolster several areas of the squad, there are still some departments that could do with slightly more depth ahead of the remainder of the season, a season Rangers fans hope their side will make inroads both domestically and in Europe.

And given the immense versatility possessed by Manchester City’s Zinchenko, Gerrard would be able to improve many areas of the squad in just a single signing.

The 21-year-old made the move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2016 but has since managed just 14 senior appearances for the Premier League champions, some of which coming last year as he occasionally filled in at left back for Pep Guardiola’s men given the early-season injury to Benjamin Mendy.

Significantly, left back isn’t the only area on the pitch in which the Ukraine international can play, with the 21-year-old sensation also hugely adept in the middle of the park, and indeed further forward down both flanks, having turned out in a variety of different positions during his time at City, Ufa, and PSV Eindhoven.

Thus, not only would Zinchenko provide competition for Borna Barisic in the left back ranks, which is significant given Lee Wallace could be on his way out of the club, but the youngster would also ask questions of those in most areas of the midfield – Gerrard’s options would be endless.

And with the 21-year-old turning down a permanent move to Wolves earlier this month, a loan move could well be in the offing for the midfielder, which is why Rangers must seek to get a deal done in a bid to round off an excellent summer of business.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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