The Rangers fans here in the Transfer Tavern are all coming to the same conclusion as to exactly why they lost the Old Firm on Sunday. Indeed, though Graeme Murty’s men looked dangerous going forward, the distinct lack of experience in the middle of the park proved costly.
Despite having a man advantage, what was painfully evident for our local Light Blues was the fact Murty’s side don’t boast a smooth operator in the middle of the park. Someone to park their foot on the ball and assess the situation ahead of him. Someone to open up holes in opposition defences. Someone to think.
Both Sean Goss and Greg Docherty may develop into those players one day but Rangers need someone to fulfil the role to come in this summer in order to properly challenge Celtic at the top of the league. With that in mind, they could do a lot worse than moving for a former Hoops youngster in the shape of Hibernian star Dylan McGeouch.
Though John McGinn largely grabs the headlines over at Easter Road, some of the Hibees who frequent our four walls are convinced McGeouch is their best player on the ball. The 25-year-old can dictate games from deeper positions, pulling strings in the middle of the park while an orchestra of attackers run in front of him.
Recently enjoying his first senior Scotland call-up, McGeouch actually has previous at Ibrox. Part of the club’s youth set-up before moving back to Celtic, former manager Walter Smith is understood to have asked him to stay back in 2011, though his ‘personal plea’ was ignored.
Since, McGeouch has developed from an attacking midfielder to an engine room lynchpin, someone to take time on the ball and set-up attacks from deeper positions, something Rangers desperately need right now. Valued at just £315k by Transfermarkt, Rangers would also be depriving one of their biggest rivals of one of their best players.
A good move all-round if at all possible this summer.