Rangers supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern over the last few days after seeing their side bring a testing 2017 to an end with a spirited 0-0 draw away at Old Firm rivals Celtic on Saturday.
Graeme Murty’s men endured a rollercoaster year last time out what with Pedro Caixinha’s turbulent reign sandwiched by spells in charge for Mark Warburton and now former Reading and Southampton defender Murty. Nonetheless, the Gers did finish 2017 off on a strong note with a deserved point away to Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys last weekend, meaning that Murty’s side head into the winter break 11 points adrift of their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership table, and three points behind second place Aberdeen.
Regardless, there appears to be renewed optimism among our resident Rangers fans heading into 2018, and they are likely to be intrigued and perhaps encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Record, which suggests that they will monitor River Plate youngster Joaquin Fernandez next month.
The 18-year-old defender will partake in the Under-20 Copa Libertadores tournament in February, the South American version of the UEFA Champions League, and it seems that the Gers will keep tabs on his progress in that ahead of a possible move in the future.
In fact, the ball may already be rolling as reports suggest that talks have been held between the young centre-back’s UK representatives and Rangers regarding a move, yet Aberdeen and Celtic have also reportedly spoken to them regarding Fernandez’s availability.
Nonetheless, it does appear that things are looking brighter for our resident Rangers fans, but whether they can indeed get a deal done for the 18-year-old remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Rangers endured a tricky 2017, but with a possible move for Brighton’s Jamie Murphy reportedly close to completion, it appears that 2018 could be a lot brighter for Gers fans.
And recent reports suggest that 18-year-old starlet Joaquin Fernandez is on the radar of the Scottish giants, who will take a look at the highly-rated defender in next month’s Under-20 Copa Libertadores competition ahead of a possible move.
And given they, alongside Aberdeen and Celtic, having already spoken with the player’s representatives about a deal, a fine showing in the South American equivalent of the Champions League could well earn Fernandez a move to Europe in the near future.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!