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Rangers set to sign wanted Bolton star amid League One club’s crisis

Rangers set to sign wanted Bolton star amid League One club’s crisis

Rangers fans have had an up and down season in Steven Gerrard’s debut season in senior management, and it looks like the former England and Liverpool captain is already making headway in the transfer market. The latest linked player is one who is in high demand, even if he plays for calamity club Bolton Wanderers.

The Gers have got a lot of players lined up this summer and with Luca Connell potentially coming in the Bluenoses could have themselves a future Ibrox icon. The Bolton star likely won’t be staying at the club this summer, Bolton have got massive cash flow problems and will need to gain some funds one way or another. The main way of doing that as a football club is through player sales, and Connell is in the firing line.

Luca Connell is a young defensive midfielder who has only made a dozen appearances for the club this season, but he has still done enough to impress. Alongside Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, Norwich, Preston North End and Southampton are all keen to bring in Connell over the summer and whilst Bolton fans won’t want to let him go, his exit is inevitable considering their current situation.

The current defensive midfield options that the Gers have at the club consist of the young Ross McCrorie and Glen Kamara, but both can also be used as a conventional central-midfielders, so bringing in someone like Luca Connell to fill in the gap in that role in midfield would be a masterstroke move by Gerrard, even if it’s a move that won’t see the Bolton man step straight in as an automatic starter.

It looks like the way that Gerrard is going is seeing the famous Rangers move away from looking to bringing in big names on big wages, instead, looking towards young lesser-known stars who can have a greater impact in the club and become big names in the future. Connell fits the mould perfectly, and even if the Gers don’t know much about the youngster, they can start get excited if he does sign.

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