Former English Premier League midfielder Michael Brown has implored Bordeaux striker Josh Maja to take the opportunity to sign for Rangers if the Ibrox club submit a bid for him.
Football Insider reported this week that the Light Blues’ director of football Ross Wilson had identified the 21-year-old as a transfer target, with the club facing the possibility of losing top scorer Alfredo Morelos in the summer. Speaking to Football Insider, Brown declared that Rangers would provide a “fantastic platform” for Maja to enhance his career.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder said: “It’s like any player, if you find that place where you feel comfortable and you’re scoring goals, it is a fantastic platform. Unbelievable support, well-run club – who wouldn’t be interested in a move to Rangers? Anybody would be. It’s an opportunity.
“Steven Gerrard will be looking at what kind of player he needs to bridge this gap, because he did well for a long period and then they fell away. But he’ll be looking right at it.”
Brown makes some pertinent points in his transfer advice for Maja. In the last three years, Rangers have struck gold with Morelos and Jermain Defoe. The Colombian, who joined from HJK in Finland for only £1m in 2017 (as per Daily Record), has gone on to score 77 goals in 137 appearances for the ‘Gers and, according to the Daily Record, is the subject of a potential £15m+ summer bid from Atletico Madrid. Defoe, meanwhile, had scored just four goals in one-and-a-half seasons for Bournemouth before moving to Ibrox in January 2019, since when he has netted 25 times in 52 matches. Those two examples demonstrate how a move to Rangers can greatly bolster a striker’s career.
Maja seems to possess the raw materials to enjoy a similarly successful spell in Glasgow. Although he has struggled to nail down a place in Bordeaux’s starting XI, he has still found the net six times in just 894 minutes on the pitch, averaging a goal every 149 minutes. Prior to his move to France, he had been in scintillating form for Sunderland, scoring 15 times in 24 League One matches in the first half of last season. A move to Rangers would also likely provide the 21-year-old with regular European football, with the ‘Gers getting to the last 16 of this season’s Europa League and well on course to qualify for the competition again next term.
Should Morelos depart in the summer, Maja would appear to be a sound replacement if Rangers can lure him to Ibrox. As Brown has suggested, it has the makings of a move which could work out very well for both player and club.
Rangers fans, what do you make of Brown recommending Maja to move to Ibrox? Do you think he would be a solid replacement for Morelos if the Colombian leaves? Comment below with your views!
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