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Rangers should avoid former Real Madrid playmaker at all costs despite transfer hint

Though trailing so far behind bitter rivals Celtic can never really be looked upon greatly by the Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern, sitting second in the table is at least promising considering the fact they only won promotion in the season just gone. 

Ahead of teams such as Aberdeen and Hearts, Mark Warburton is at least doing the bare minimum at Ibrox and the long-term project in hand can at least be looked upon favourably. Having signed Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman during the January transfer thus far, he’s at least also bringing in some creativity.

A solid enough side as it is, the notion of seeing some more flair players light up their ranks will obviously create some excitement in a team who often simply ground out results. Still, that being said, top brass in Glasgow should absolutely ignore comments from Rafael van der Vaart.

The Dutch playmaker recently hinted he would fancy a move to Scotland and, initially, sounds like an interesting option to explore. Warburton is by no means adverse to the idea of bringing in veterans, having signed the likes of Clint Hill, Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar, though those type of signings yielded varying levels of success.

Barton was obviously a disaster and, while Hill has proved relatively impressive at times, Kranjcar is likely to miss the rest of the campaign with an injury. Not exactly a great impact.

As good as he was in his day, van der Vaart’s career has been on a severe downturn since he left Tottenham, playing for the likes of Hamburg, Real Betis and FC Midtjylland as the autumn of his career dawned. Also, it’s not as if the 33-year-old has been pulling up any trees during those spells.

Rangers should look to build their team around the likes of Josh Windass and Barrie McKay, rather than moving for another veteran. The idea of VDV playing off 39-year-old Kenny Miller will do little to scare most defences, as fearsome a duo that would have been a number of years ago and it’s a long-term project quite clearly needed at Ibrox.

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