Rangers are looking to bounce back after suffering their first defeat under Steven Gerrard’s leadership.
The Gers had made a great start to life under the former Liverpool captain and secured a place in the group stages of the Europa League following a tough qualifying run. However, the Blues tasted defeat for the first time this season in the Old Firm derby against Celtic. Olivier Ntcham’s goal was enough to secure all three points for Brendan Rodgers.
Rangers enjoyed a positive result against Dundee on Saturday before starting their European campaign against Villarreal on Thursday 20th September. Despite the transfer window slamming shut, Gerrard should still be keeping tabs on potential January recruits. The former England captain must consider a move for former Chelsea defender – Papy Djilobodji.
Valued at £4.95m by Transfermarkt, the Senegal international rose to prominence with Nantes in 2015 which earned him a move to Chelsea; the defender signed a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge. He failed to make an appearance for the Blues and was loaned to Werder Bremen before signing for Sunderland. Djilobodji returned to Dijon on loan last season and returned to Sunderland late which resulted in his contract being terminated.
Despite his misconduct with the Black Cats, Djilobodji could prove to be an inspired addition to the Rangers squad. He made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, averaging an impressive 1.5 tackles and 2.4 interceptions per game. A no-nonsense defender, the 29-year-old also averaged 6.7 clearances per game and 3.1 aerial duels meaning he would be a perfect fit for the SPFL (WhoScored).
Available on a free transfer, this one should be a no-brainer for Gerrard.
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