Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season, what with new manager Steven Gerrard seeking to rebuild and revamp the squad ahead of the new campaign.
The 38-year-old took over at Ibrox at the start of the month and has already been busy bringing in several players to the Gers side, with the likes of Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson, and Ovie Ejaria making the move north of the border. However, given the Light Blues finished 12 points adrift of champions Celtic last term, further reinforcements may be needed between now and their opening league clash against Aberdeen at the start of August.
And one man who could be the ideal addition to Gerrard’s revolution at Rangers is Manchester City’s versatile youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has recently been linked with a summer move away from the Etihad Stadium.
The 21-year-old, valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt, made the move to the North West giants back in 2016 but had to wait over a year for his senior debut for Pep Guardiola’s side, which eventually came in their Carabao Cup success over Wolves in October last year.
However, that paved the way for 13 further senior appearances for the Premier League champions last term, with the youngster doing a particularly good job of filling in at left back between January and March.
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And, given that Zinchenko is by trade a central midfielder, that stint at left back in Guardiola’s side must be of interest to several managers around the world, as versatility is a massive trait for any player to have, let alone someone as young and as exciting as the 21-year-old.
And with Rangers eyeing further quality to their squad in a bid to challenge Celtic this season, the Man City star could be the ideal addition.
Not only would Zinchenko add a great deal of flair and creativity to the attacking midfield ranks, but his adeptness at playing left back gives Gerrard another viable option in that area of the pitch, thus giving the likes of Declan John and Lee Wallace competition for that spot.
And having worked with Guardiola in the last few years at the Etihad, Gerrard can almost guarantee that the youngster is on the upward trajectory, and is indeed capable of the fast-flowing attacking football synonymous with the Citizens in their title triumph last term.
Clearly, Gerrard is steering Rangers in the right direction and many of the signings so far have been shrewd and well received by supporters, but now is the time to add even more quality to an already-accomplished squad – Zinchenko’s arrival would do just that.
And with the 21-year-old clearly improving and likely eyeing more first team football, alongside his adeptness at left back as well as in the middle of the park, he could well be the ideal addition to Gerrard’s revolution at the Scottish giants.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!