Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager last month.
The 38-year-old was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor back in May to officially take charge as of June 1, but the Liverpool legend was busy prior to his start date trying to build and mould a squad capable of challenging Celtic this season. Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield have both joined on free transfers, Jamie Murphy’s loan move has been made permanent, Ovie Ejaria has penned a season-long loan deal, while the defensive duo of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson have moved to Ibrox on permanent deals.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Light Blues supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking Everton with a move for winger Gelson Martins.
And these fresh reports should trigger Rangers into making a move for £7.2 million-rated Toffees star Nikola Vlasic (as per Transfermarkt), who is likely to suffer from Martins’ possible arrival on Merseyside.
Ultimately, the 20-year-old struggled for regular football at Goodison Park last season following his move from Hajduk Split last summer, with the Croatia international making just 19 senior appearances for the Toffees, of which only 11 were starts.
Thus, the attacker is already some way down the pecking order at Everton, what with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott regularly preferred, so the potential arrival of Martins is only going to serve to push him further out of the picture, and possibly out of the club altogether.
And that is why Rangers must pounce by bringing the talented Croatian to Ibrox this summer.
Ultimately, if the Gers are to bridge the gap to the dominant Celtic this season, they need genuine quality in all areas of the squad, and outside of Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass, no attacker managed to reach double figures last season.
Thus, the reliance on the influential duo is too great, and with both linked with moves away from Rangers this summer, it’s perfectly plausible that neither could be at the club for their first game against Aberdeen on August 5.
And with Vlasic having shown signs of promise when on the field for Everton last season, to the point that some of our resident Toffees fans were calling for him to start more regularly, the 20-year-old could well add a great deal of quality and talent to the Rangers attacking department.
And with Martins potentially on his way to Goodison Park, Rangers should try their hand at luring Vlasic to Ibrox, as the Croatian is likely to suffer from the arrival of the Sporting winger.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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